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Title: What's so German about it? : cultural identity in the Berlin hip hop scene
Author: Templeton, Inez H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2683 1443
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2006
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Literature on the appropriation of hip hop culture outside of the United States maintains that hip hop engenders local interpretations no longer reliant on African-American origins, and this research project is an attempt to determine the extent to which this is the case in a specific local context. My thesis is an effort to move beyond the rhetoric of much of what constitutes the debates surrounding globalisation, by employing a research strategy combining theoretical analysis and direct engagement with the Berlin hip hop scene. My project not only aims to uncover the meanings young people in Berlin give to their hip hop practices, but intends to do so within a framework that does not ignore the discursive spaces in which these young people are operating. This is particularly relevant because of the complex ways in which race and ethnicity are related to German national identity. Furthermore, this thesis is concerned with the ways in which the spaces and places collectively known as Berlin shape the cultural practices found there. While hip hop belongs to global culture, it is also the case that the city of Berlin plays a significant role in determining how hip hop is understood and reproduced by young people there.
Supervisor: Frith, Simon Sponsor: British Overseas Research Scheme ; Women in German Studies
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Hip-hop Berlin Germany ; Popular culture Berlin Germany ; Rap (Music) History and criticism Germany ; Cultural identity Berlin Germany ; Ethnography ; Berlin ; Youth Culture ; Popular Music ; Hip Hop ; Identity