The Local and the Global in Networks of Lebanese and Algerian Rappers

Faculty/Professorship: Cultural Studies of the Middle East  
Author(s): Wiedemann, Felix 
Title of the Journal: Open library of humanities : OLH
ISSN: 2056-6700
Publisher Information: Cambridge : Open Library of Humanities
Year of publication: 2019
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Pages: 1-40
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.16995/olh.419
This article discusses border-crossing interconnections and processes of glocalization in Arab(ic) hip hop culture. It is based on an analysis of collaborative networks among Lebanese and Algerian rappers, and their Twitter networks. This approach is grounded in relational sociology, which assumes that culture is the product of interactions between individuals. Here, two interactions are modeled and analyzed as networks. At first, featurings as a form of artistic collaboration are examined. Secondly, Twitter followings, as an important form of online communication, are focused on. By analyzing network-structures like clusters and node properties like the number of connections to other nodes (degree), this article takes a quantitative viewpoint on a subject matter usually analyzed by qualitative tools. The article’s findings indicate the parallel existence of an Algerian and an Eastern Arab(ic) hip hop community excluding the Maghreb region. Both communities have social media connections to the US-American hip hop scene, while French hip hop seems to only play a bigger role in Algeria.
GND Keywords: Algerien ; Libanon ; Rapmusiker ; Netzwerk
Keywords: Rapmusiker, Hip-Hop, Arabische Musik, Libanon, Algerien
DDC Classification: 780 Music  
RVK Classification: LS 94008     LS 78650     LS 93308   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 20. May 2019