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Title: An Instrument of Resistance: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in El Alto, Bolivia
Authors: Librado, David
Keywords: cultural resistance
El Alto
youth
hip-hop
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2010
Abstract: Emerging out of the inner cities of New York during the 1970s, rap music and hip-hop culture became a form of creative resistance, a way in which urban youth were able to denounce and challenge forms of racism, misrepresentation, and exclusion. Hip-hop has since become a global art form that has given voice to marginalized groups around the world. This thesis closely examines the use of rap music and hip-hop culture in the migrant city of El Alto, Bolivia. Comparable to the context out of which hip-hop first emerged, El Alto is a city that is largely characterized by high levels of poverty, racism, misrepresentation, and exclusion. Within this environment, this paper argues that the hip-hop artists of El Alto have appropriated rap music and hip-hop culture as tool of cultural resistance, a tool used to reflect and respond to reality. In examining the impact of this appropriation, this paper also argues that rap music and hip-hop culture, within the context of El Alto, has contributed to the revalorization of identity, the preservation of traditional culture, and the vocalization, articulation, and participation of the youth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24502
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