Can an Australian rap fan be a social actor in the African-American social movements?

Frawley, Jodi (2003) Can an Australian rap fan be a social actor in the African-American social movements? In Social Movements in Action 2003 : Conference Proceedings, The Pennsylvania State University Press, pp. 22-25.

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I live in the Sydney North Shore suburb of Northbridge. In many ways it is a white middle class enclave, comparable to places like Cabramatta that are identified with a specifically represented ethnic group. Gated primarily by the inflated property prices, it is a location that marks a territory principally for the white middle class. It is not a place of African-American movements. Or is it? Radio, television, film and Internet increasingly constitute a large portion of the sonic and visual landscapes of our suburban lives. In our lounge rooms and in our cars we are presented texts that take us beyond our local environments, into the places of other nations. This paper will explore the position of a fan of rap music, physically located beyond the cultural and political circumstances that drive sustained action for the movements of African-Americans. It will analyze whether such a fandom can indicate membership, as a social actor, in this group and in doing so illuminate the boundaries of movement activity in an information society.

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ID Code: 71144
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 May 2014 03:02
Last Modified: 10 May 2014 08:00

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