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Digital feminisms in Palestinian Hip Hop

Withers, Polly ORCID: 0000-0002-5892-3305 (2023) Digital feminisms in Palestinian Hip Hop. Global Hip Hop Studies, 2 (2). 159 - 177. ISSN 2632-6825

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This paper focuses on digital feminisms in Palestinian hip hop. Recently, Palestinian youth built a subculture they title the ‘alternative’ scene. Hip-hop is central and, lately, some rappers started making feminist tracks. In this paper, I analyse artists’ digital productions, as well as interviews with musicians, to examine what happens when hip-hop gets feminist and goes digital in the Palestinian context. My argument is twofold. First, I suggest that rappers circulate songs and videos on social media that transgress gender and sexuality norms. Second, however, while these productions ‘do’ critical identity work in Palestine, they also often iterate liberal 'solutions' to structural asymmetries. I therefore conclude that digital hip hop mediates multiple and often contradictory Arab feminisms as it travels online. Neither dystopic nor utopian, digital culture makes room for gendered critiques that co-exist and compete with depoliticised ideas about liberal personhood and individual agency.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
M Music and Books on Music
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 09:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:48

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