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Authenticity within hip-hop and other cultures threatened with assimilation

Journal/Book: J Commun. 1999; 49: Journals Dept, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513, USA. Oxford Univ Press Inc. 134-150.

Abstract: This essay examines claims of authenticity within hip-hop, African American culture. In the mid- to late 1990s, authenticity claims have been pervasive within hip-hop music communities, which had previously, existed on the margins of mainstream U.S. Culture. By mapping the range of meanings associated with authenticity as they are invoked discursively, we can gain a better understanding of how a culture in danger of assimilation seeks to preserve its identity. The use of the con ceptual apparatus of semantic dimensions highlights hotel that culture's most central and powerful symbols are organized and given meaning vis-a-vis authenticity within a discursive system.

Note: Article McLeod K, Univ Massachusetts, Dept Commun, Amherst,MA 01003 USA


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