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?