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April 6, 2006

Hip-Hop as Movement?

I was listening to MPR this morning and heard a discussion with Bakari Kitwana. In the discussion he commented on hip hop as the "new movement" for political action for Black youth. He argues that the Baby Boom Generation grew up in a world in which they witnessed lynchings and violent racism, which led to participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Kitwana argues that the generation that grew-up without viewing the extremely overt racism has had to create their own space for resistance. This space was found in hip-hop. Throughout the semester we have debated the definition of "social movement." What is a a social movement? What characteristics do they possess? Is it important to have a definition?

What does it mean to label something, such as hip-hop, a social movement? This seems to stretch the definition of what a social movement is. If any of you get a chance, you may want to track down the transcript on MPR's website. The discussion was extemely interesting, especially in light of our discussions in this course and Ron's seminar. Any thoughts?

April 5, 2006

The Gospel according to the Greenham Women?

After Mike and Justin's presentation, I have begun to look at the Gospels in a new light. They are at once dependent on the context that they are written (a la Kennedy) but also that it doesn't necessarily matter who or why that particular story was written (since it might not be accurate of any time period that the Christians were living). Yet, in both cases we get some meaning or some text to help us discover our movement through. I was thinking that the same thing could apply to the narratives in my movement as well. Different versions of the same story essentially and I can make links to why and to what audience the different versions were written for. At the same time, as narratives and circulating discourse in their own right, they live beyond the "speaker" "audience" boundaries and carry the movement without us caring about who wrote them or how accurate--just that they reflect values, traditons, and "actual" heroes (women Jesuses) of a movement. Long story short, thinking about "gospels" in my movement gives me a different direction for moving forward. Does this seem to work or make sense for anyone else's movements?