Arabism in Arab(ic) Rap : local languages, translocal references and virtual networks

Faculty/Professorship: University of Bamberg  ; Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften: Abschlussarbeiten ; Arabic Studies  
Author(s): Wiedemann, Felix 
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 92 ; Illustrationen, Diagramme
Supervisor(s): Behzadi, Lale ; Kaplony, Andreas
Language(s): English
Kumulative Dissertation, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 2021
DOI: 10.20378/irb-51714
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-517149
One of the hip-hop networks that has gained influence in Arab countries since 2011 has emerged around the Arabic language and culture. This (new) "Arabism" manifests itself in various forms: The Arab(ic) rap scenes that are the subject of this study include rappers who rap in Arabic, rappers of Arab ethnicity who express themselves in other languages, and rappers who belong to local hip hop scenes in Arab countries. This study focuses on the role of Arabic language and Arab culture as a unifying element. The question of the role of Arabism in these communities serves as a starting point for the study to ask more specific questions about mechanisms of community formation and the construction of group identity. This thesis addresses the related questions at three different levels. The first level is networks between artists, collaboration, mutual musical influence, and connections to other regions and countries. The second level is language use, the role of Standard Arabic, the languages and scripts of music production and reception. The third level is intertextual references that link rap to other forms of Arabic literature and culture. Methodologically, the work relies on ethnographic and netnographic field research, active participation in the field and in social networks, interviews with artists, song and battle rap text analysis, and social network analysis. It is organized as follows: First, key theoretical concepts are explained. Ensuing is a brief overview of hip hop culture and Arab(ic) rap. Then, three case studies focusing on different aspects of Arab rap are presented before a final conclusion is drawn.
GND Keywords: Libanon; Algerien; Hip-Hop; Rap; Arabisch; Soziolinguistik
Keywords: Hip-Hop ; Rap ; Libanon ; Algerien ; Arabisch ; Soziolinguistik
DDC Classification: 890 Other literatures  
490 Other languages  
RVK Classification: EN 1620   
Type: Doctoralthesis
Release Date: 14. October 2021

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