Performing "the Other": Rap as Social Change in the Danish Integration Project C:NTACT

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    Abstract

    A group of youngsters perform their self-composed rap lyrics on stage in the Betty Nansen Theater in Copenhagen. The theater claims, that the performance portraits the youngsters as they truly are – as opposed to the medias portrayal. The play is part of an integration project, co-financed by the Danish Ministry of Integration.
    This essay presents a critical analysis of the representation of the youngsters on stage. The analysis is especially based on the concepts of performance and performativity and on hip-hop as a genre framework for the representation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHip-hop in Europe
    EditorsSina A. Nitzsche
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherLIT Verlag
    Publication date2013
    Pages345-363
    ISBN (Print)9783643904133
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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