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Appropriate meaning: discursive struggle and polyphonic semiosis in Indian hip hop

Singh, Jaspal Naveel 2019. Appropriate meaning: discursive struggle and polyphonic semiosis in Indian hip hop. In: Zizek, Boris and Piepenbring, Hanna eds. Formen der Aneignung des Fremden, Heidelberg: Winter,

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In this chapter I discuss how actors appropriate meaning. In order to understand appropriation of meaning, I suggest that appropriateness of meaning plays a crucial role. I argue that appropriation occurs when appropriateness is changed or rescaled. The term ‘appropriate’ thus has to be read in a double sense: as a verb (aneignen) and as an adjective (geeignet). I discuss appropriations in Indian hip hop, a subcultural practice that emerged in urban centres of South Asia in the last decade. Based on material elicited in an eight-month ethnography in the hip hop scene in India, I analyse how actors negotiate appropriateness of meaning by rescaling contexts of the local and contexts of the global to construct a hip hop affiliated self in the contemporary moment. The analysis of such rescaling of meaning informs research on the transculturation of hip hop.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Winter
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 11:51

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