Hip Hop at Europe's Edge

Music, Agency, and Social Change

Edited by Adriana N. Helbig and Milosz Miszczynski

Contributions by Adriana N. Helbig, Milosz Miszczynski, Gentian Elezi, Elona Toska, Jasmin Mujanovic, Philip Ewell, Alexandra Baladina, Goran Music, Predrag Vukcevic, John Peter Butler Barrer, Triin Vallaste, Przemyslaw Tomaszewski, Nicholas Tochka, Alexandre Gontchar, Nuran Erol Isik, Murat Can Basaran, Michal Ruzicka, Alena Kajanova, Veronika Zvanovcova, Tomas Mrhalek, Aimar Ventsel, Eleanor Peers, Irena Sentevska, Anna Oravcova and Todd Craig

Published by: Indiana University Press

324 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 1 b&w illus, 1 table

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  • 9780253023216
  • Published: March 2017


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  • 9780253023049
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  • 9780253022738
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Responding to the development of a lively hip hop culture in Central and Eastern European countries, this interdisciplinary study demonstrates how a universal model of hip hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange and becomes locally inflected. After the Soviet Union fell, hip hop became popular in urban environments in the region, but it has often been stigmatized as inauthentic, due to an apparent lack of connection to African American historical roots and black identity. Originally strongly influenced by aesthetics from the US, hip hop in Central and Eastern Europe has gradually developed unique, local trajectories, a number of which are showcased in this volume. On the one hand, hip hop functions as a marker of Western cosmopolitanism and democratic ideology, but as the contributors show, it is also a malleable genre that has been infused with so much local identity that it has lost most of its previous associations with "the West" in the experiences of local musicians, audiences, and producers. Contextualizing hip hop through the prism of local experiences and regional musical expressions, these valuable case studies reveal the broad spectrum of its impact on popular culture and youth identity in the post-Soviet world.