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Smurf, Scratch, Break!: descriptions of hip-hop identities in Swedish mass media during the 1980s
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8448-3588
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
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As a subculture hip-hop has existed in Sweden since the early 1980s. In previous research hip-hop has been described as something that arrives in Sweden, as an already fixed and established concept (Staffan Jacobson, 1996). The following paper draws from circa 60 newspaper articles published in Sweden between 1983 and 1989 referring to hip-hop or hip-hop related phenomena, and return to this arrival of hip-hop, in order to examine how the subculture is described, framed, negotiated and contextualized in mainstream media. The material has been collected in two separate, but research-projects. The first is an ongoing grass-rooted research-project by former b-boy pioneer Kenneth Seremet called ”Swedish Hip-Hop - Our History” that gathers the voices as well as media material (news paper clippings, poster, photos etcetera) collected by more than 400 individuals that participated at the Swedish hip-hop scene in the 1980s. The second is material regarding hip-hop in relation to graffiti collected for the PhD-project ”The G-Word Virtuosity and Violation, Negotiating and Transforming Graffiti” (2014). The paper are focusing on two related areas of identity: a) The identities of the individuals who are described as belonging to hip-hop. Which subcultural positions are described? How are aspects of ethnicity, age, sex and gender described? How often are the subcultural members spoken about by others, and how often do they speak for themselves? b) The identities of the subculture itself. How is hip-hop described? What elements and aspects of hip-hop are mentioned? What other (sub)cultural identities are mentioned in relation to hip-hop, as either opposite of hip-hop or as different but related to hip-hop?

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126556OAI: diva2:901213
HIP HOP STUDIES: NORTH AND SOUTH 19th-20th November 2015 Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
Available from: 2016-02-07 Created: 2016-02-07 Last updated: 2016-02-11Bibliographically approved

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