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The rap music among youth living in poor neighborhoods in France: an allegorical war against the injustice of the justice
Journal Title: MONDI MIGRANTI 
Author/s: Kheira Belhadj-ziane 
Year:  2014 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  22 Pg. 105-126 FullText PDF:  78 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MM2014-002006
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Beyond the phenomena of deviance associated with rap music, this article demonstrates how this cultural practice is a strategy of action and social participation for young rappers living in poor neighborhoods in France. Through a semiotic analysis of songs of anonymous rappers living in poor neighborhoods in the city of Perpignan, we will demonstrate that the metalanguage content in their lyrics rap highlights a reflexive and utopian discourse, and reveals the construction of a new mythology where Rap is the hero central. By setting aestheticized scene of their daily reality, we will show that these young evoke their rap music in terms of "war of words against the injustice of justice", revealing an intention of intercommunication in the public space.
Keywords: Rap; young; social participation; metalanguage; mythology.

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Kheira Belhadj-ziane, The rap music among youth living in poor neighborhoods in France: an allegorical war against the injustice of the justice in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2014, pp. 105-126, DOI:10.3280/MM2014-002006

   

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