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Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) [Paperback]

Bettina L. Love
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October 10, 2012 143311190X 978-1433111907
This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2013.
Through ethnographically informed interviews and observations conducted with six Black middle and high school girls, Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak explores how young women navigate the space of Hip Hop music and culture to form ideas concerning race, body, class, inequality, and privilege. The thriving atmosphere of Atlanta, Georgia serves as the background against which these youth consume Hip Hop, and the book examines how the city’s socially conservative politics, urban gentrification, race relations, Southern-flavored Hip Hop music and culture, and booming adult entertainment industry rest in their periphery. Intertwined within the girls’ exploration of Hip Hop and coming of age in Atlanta, the author shares her love for the culture, struggles of being a queer educator and a Black lesbian living and researching in the South, and reimagining Hip Hop pedagogy for urban learners.

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«With the unflinching bravery of a Hip Hop feminist, Bettina L. Love confronts the damaging effects of Hip Hop on young Black girls, while loving Hip Hop and articulating how it reflects the racism, capitalism, sexism, and patriarchy of America.» (Elaine Richardson, The Ohio State University; Author of ‘Hiphop Literacies’)
«Bettina L. Love’s unique stance is bold and a critical conversation starter. We travel with the author from Rochester, New York to Atlanta, Georgia, making stops along the way to deconstruct the media’s role in contemporary Hip Hop, address the consumption of Hip Hop by Black girls, explore the role of the South on Hip Hop, and meet seven amazing young women who take us on this starkly honest journey. This book is a beautiful piece of scholarship.» (Christopher Emdin, Columbia University; Author of ‘Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation’)

About the Author

Bettina L. Love is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Social Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities. A continuing thread of her scholarship involves exploring new ways of thinking about urban education and culturally relevant pedagogical approaches for urban learners. More specifically, she is interested in transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula (e.g., Hip Hop pedagogy, media literacy, Hip Hop feminism and popular culture). Building on that theme, Dr. Love also has a passion for studying the school experiences of queer youth, along with race and equality in education. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Gender ForumEducational Studies, and RaceGender and Class.

Product Details

  • Series: Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education (Book 399)
  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143311190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433111907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bettina L. Love is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Social Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities. A continuing thread of her scholarship involves exploring new ways of thinking about urban education and culturally relevant pedagogical approaches for urban learners. More specifically, she is interested in transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula (e.g., Hip Hop pedagogy, media literacy, Hip Hop feminism and popular culture). Building on that theme, Dr. Love also has a passion for studying the school experiences of queer youth, along with race and equality in education. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Gender Forum, Educational Studies, and Race, Gender and Class.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Urban Education Must Read January 3, 2013
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Admittedly, I began reading this text with excitement because my friend, a black female in the academy, is its author. Thus, my support for the text was rooted in an activist agenda that says I must honor, celebrate, promote and bear witness to the success, the achievements of black female scholars. I cannot profess to be a serious fan of hip-hop, so I imagined the point of disconnect would emerge when the text would begin lauding lyrical content with which I was first of all unfamiliar and with which I had a strained relationship at best. But, Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak does a lot more than that.

This work is a pedagogical masterpiece because it promotes an educational practice by showing how it is done; it is "good teaching" while it attempts to advocate "good teaching." This is particularly important because as Ladson-Billings laments about culturally responsive teaching, often teacher educators are forced to respond to the question, "Yes, but how do we do it?" This text is intellectual graffiti--it paints a rich historical, theoretical, and socio political portrait of lil sistas, big sistas, hip hop and place on a taboo tapestry. (I emphasize place because, while Dr. Love's examination is located in Atlanta, the southern milieu like any geographic space is textualized.) It is a politicized art form that is interrupting our perceptions of normal, clean, and sanitized. In this work, Dr. Love argues that traditionally white spaces (i.e. classrooms) must now be marked, tagged, disrupted with, by, and for the outsider voices that simultaneously create and consume, revel and decry, love and hate hip hop. Like graffiti that doesn't necessarily lend itself to clean, definitive lines or singular points of focus, this text blurs the boundaries purported by notions of researcher objectivity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 11, 2013
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Very good book, well written. Should be required reading for high school and college students.
I highly recommend this book.
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