Rap and Hip-Hop

Rap and Hip-Hop

by Tamara Thompson

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues; each volume presents a diverse selection of primary and secondary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.; This title explores issues and controversies related to rap and hip hop, including the ways that hip hop has shaped society and whether its impact has been positive or negative; whether rap music is harmful to women; and whether rap music perpetuates viol; Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737762440
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 01/25/2013
Series: Current Controversies Series
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 16

Chapter 1 How Has Hip-Hop Shaped Modern Society?

Overview: Hip-Hop Has Had a Global Impact Marcyliena Morgan Dionne Bennett 22

Hip-Hop Defines Today's Youth Culture Worldwide Dalton Higgins 32

Hip-Hop Is a Powerful Force for Global Sociopolitical Change Sujatha Fernandez 39

American Rap Has Lost Its Political Voice to Apathy Mark Gunn 43

Rap Lyrics Are a Literary Art Form Alexs Pate 46

Chapter 2 Is Hip-Hop a Negative Influence on Society?

Overview: The Hip-Hop Generation J.D. Gravenor 51

Yes: Hip-Hop Is a Negative Influence on Society

Rap Music Is Harmful to African American Communities E. Faye Williams 55

Girls Are Especially Vulnerable to Hip-Hop's Hypersexual Message Beatrice Koehler-Derrick 61

No: Hip-Hop Is Not a Negative Influence on Society

Rap Has the Potential to Expose Social Injustice Jeff Chang 69

American Rap Can Promote Political Empowerment Lester Spence 81

Hip-Hop Gives Youths a Needed Outlet for Self-Expression Carolee Walker 92

Chapter 3 Is Rap Music Harmful to Women?

Overview: Rap Lyrics Face Scrutiny Brian Garrity 97

Yes: Rap Music Is Harmful to Women

Rap Music Objectifies, Degrades, and Exploits Black Women Tracy Sharpley-Whiting 101

Take the Debate Over Degrading Rap Videos Off Mute Michele Goodwin 105

No: Not All Rap Music Is Harmful to Women

Hip-Hop Feminism Can Change the Hip-Hop Community and Society Akoto Ofori-Atta 108

The Hip-Hop Community Works to Address Misogyny Issues Davey D 114

Chapter 4 Does Rap Music Perpetuate Violence?

Overview: The Complex Debate About Violence and Rap Tricia Rose 120

Yes: Rap Music Perpetuates Violence

The Rap Music Industry Exploits Violence for Profit L. Brent Bozell III 132

Violent Rap Lyrics Make Listeners More Accepting of Violence Karen Dill 135

No: Rap Music Does Not Perpetuate Violence

Violent Rap Lyrics Do Not Affect Listener Behavior or Attitudes Jennifer Copley 139

Gangsta Rappers Can Be Effective Violence Prevention Messengers Shoshana Walter 143

Organizations to Contact 147

Bibliography 153

Index 159

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