Volume 2: Hip-Hop as Praxis & Social Justice
Edited By Edmund Adjapong and Ian Levy
This second volume in the Hip-Hop Education series highlights knowledge of self as the fifth and often forgotten element of hip-hop. In many cases, a connection to hip-hop culture is one that has been well embedded in the identity of hip-hop educators. Historically, academic spaces have had misperceptions and misunderstand the authentic culture of hip-hop, often forcing hip-hop educators to abandon their authentic hip-hop selves to align themselves to the traditions of academia. This edited series highlights the realities of hip-hop educators who grapple with cultivating and displaying themselves authentically in practice and offers examples of how hip-hop can be utilized in educational spaces to promote social justice. It provides narratives of graduate students, practitioners, junior and senior scholars who all identify as part of hip-hop. The chapters in this text explore the intersections of the authors’ lived experiences, hip-hop, theory, praxis and social justice.
Innovation, Inspiration, Elevation
Edmund Adjapong and Christopher Emdin, General Editors
Hip-Hop Education is a sociopolitical movement that utilizes both online and offline platforms to advance the utility of hip-hop as a theoretical framework and practical approach to teaching and learning. The movement is aimed atdisrupting the oppressive structures of schools and schooling for marginalized youth through a reframing of hip-hop in the public sphere, and the advancement of the educative dimensions of the hip-hop culture. Hip-Hop Education’s academic roots include, but are not limited to, the fields of education, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies and it draws its most distinct connections to the field of hip-hop studies; which in many ways, is the stem from which this branch of study has grown and established itself.
The Hip-Hop Education: Innovation, Inspiration, Elevation series will be the first of its kind in educational praxis. It will be composed of books by artists, scholars, teachers, and community participants. The series will publish global authors who are experts in the fields of hip-hop, education, Black studies, Black popular culture, community studies, activism, music, and curriculum. Hip-Hop Education is explicit about its focus on the science and art of teaching and learning. This series argues that hip-hop embodies the awareness, creativity and innovation that are at the core of any true education. Furthermore, its work brings visibility to the powerful yet silenced narratives of achievement and academic ability among the hip-hop generation; reflecting the brilliance,...
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