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Hip hop, like any historical process, has shifting meanings over time. At one scale, it is the global transmission of the localized cultural practices of urban Black and Latino youth in the United States. At another, it is the persistent reconfiguration of these gestures by global participants in locally situated contexts. At another scale, hip hop is a kind of diaspora, a condition of the dispossessed and dislocated. As Alex Weheliye points out, hip hop links those excluded from the nation-state to a global citizenship where alternative belonging, desire, and imagination can be expressed. At yet another scale, hip hop is an effect of unbalanced power relations. Like other U.S. forms of material and ideological culture, hip hop is mediated across the globe, creating varying ...

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