The Rhizome of Blackness: A Critical Ethnography of Hip-Hop Culture, Language, Identity, and the Politics of Becoming (Black Studies and Critical Thin

The Rhizome of Blackness: A Critical Ethnography of Hip-Hop Culture, Language, Identity, and the Politics of Becoming (Black Studies and Critical Thin

By: Awad Ibrahim (author)Hardback

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The Rhizome of Blackness is a critical ethnographic documentation of the process of how continental African youth are becoming Black in North America. They enter a "social imaginary" where they find themselves already falling under the umbrella of Blackness. For young Africans, Hip-Hop culture, language, and identity emerge as significant sites of identification; desire; and cultural, linguistic, and identity investment. No longer is "plain Canadian English" a site of investment, but instead, Black English as a second language (BESL) and "Hip-Hop all da way baby!" (as one student put it). The result of this dialectic space between language learning and identity investment is a complex, multilayered, and "rhizomatic third space," where Canada meets and rubs shoulders with Africa in downtown Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal in such a way that it produces its own "ticklish subject" and pedagogy of imaginary and integrative anti-racism.

About Author

Awad Ibrahim is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. He is a curriculum theorist with special interests in cultural studies; Hip-Hop; youth and Black popular culture; social foundations (i.e., philosophy, history and sociology of education); social justice and community service learning; diasporic and continental African identities; ethnography; and applied linguistics. He has researched and published widely in these areas. Among his books are Global Linguistic Flows: Hip-Hop Cultures, Youth Identities and the Politics of Language (2009; with Samy Alim and Alastair Pennycook); Critical Youth Studies: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2014; with Shirley Steinberg); Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and the Arts of the Possible (forthcoming; with Nicholas Ng-A-Fook and Giuliano Reis); and The Education of African Canadian Children: Critical Analyses (forthcoming; with Ali Abdi).


Contents: We Got a Situation Herre. Race, Culture, Language, and Identity: Theorizing the Rhizomatic Third Space - "Wallahi, ils sont tous des racistes!". Striated Racialization and the Rhizomatic Process of Becoming Black - " Si tu allais faire un sondage, ca vient souvent de l'orientation ou des personnels ". Teachers, Curriculum, and Pedagogy - Interlude: Homeless Urban Dreams by Reenah L. Golden - "Oh, I Got It, It Gives Me Great Pleasure!". Hip-Hop Culture and Language, Post/Coloniality, and the Imaginary - "Peace and One Love!". A Rhizomatic Third Space: Race, Language, Culture, and the Politics of Identity.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781433126031
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 239
  • ID: 9781433126031
  • weight: 460
  • ISBN10: 1433126036
  • edition: New edition

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