Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity
by Marc Lamont Hill
Publication Date: May 15, 2009
List Price: $25.95
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Publisher: Teachers College
Parent Company: Columbia University
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-- From the Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison
'Offering a complex representation of the history, uses, and modes of storytelling that has made hip-hop one of the most powerful markers of contemporary youth culture, Marc Lamont Hill has written a book that brilliantly engages all of the important issues about youth, memory, race, and education that are crucial to understanding and engaging hip-hop culture. This book is invaluable for anyone interested in hip-hop culture, identity, education, and youth.'
-- Henry Giroux, author, The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear, Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Ontario
For over a decade, educators have looked to capitalize on the appeal of hip-hop culture, sampling its language, techniques, and styles as a way of reaching out to students. But beyond a fashionable hipness, what does hip-hop have to offer our schools? In this revelatory new book, Marc Lamont Hill shows how a serious engagement with hip-hop culture can affect classroom life in extraordinary ways. Based on his experience teaching a hip-hop-centered English literature course in a Philadelphia high school, and drawing from a range of theories on youth culture, identity, and educational processes, Hill offers a compelling case for the power of hip-hop in the classroom. In addition to driving up attendance and test performance, Hill shows how hip-hop based educational settings enable students and teachers to renegotiate their classroom identities in complex, contradictory, and often unpredictable ways.
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