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Hip Hop in Urban Borderlands

Music-Making, Identity, and Intercultural Dynamics on the Margins of the Jewish State

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Miranda Crowdus

This book explores the role of Hip Hop in negotiating boundaries of identity in contemporary Israel. Hip Hop emerged in Israel in the early 1990s and is performed by many individuals and groups often divided by conflicting aesthetics, ideologies, positionalities, and national identities. Using an ethnographic, interdisciplinary approach, this text highlights the relationships between Jewish and non-Jewish identities operating in South Tel Aviv in grassroots and commercial Hip Hop initiatives. While this book focuses on one urban area, it addresses broader themes relating to popular music and globalization, including the disjuncture between the day-to-day experiences of practitioners and the ideological projections used to define them.