By Boima Tucker
Hip Hop has become a global force in recent years. However, when taken up by youth outside its American birthplace, it is often dismissed as a shallow adaptation or imitation of American popular culture. However, its global popularity cannot be questioned, and its proliferation is aided by its adaptability to local contexts. It has become associated with an emergent youth political identity in many parts of the world, a result of its ability to embody rebellious youth energy. Hip Hop is a new global lingua franca for youth rebellion that exists beyond the boundaries of the state, and is aided by the emergence of the internet and accompanying communications technologies. Analysis of the political ramifications of Hip Hop in West African societies is vital to gaining a true sense of what democracy means in the local context. This paper focuses on the West African country of Sierra Leone, and explores how youth participation in Hip Hop there is a radical political project. Download and read here (pdf).
The Horn of Africa. Intra-State and Inter-State Conflicts and Security. By Redie Bereketeab. Will be available for free download in August 2013.
Between Militarism and Technocratic Governance: State Formation in Contemporary Uganda. By Anders Sjögren. Available for free download
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