Hip Hop and, more specifically, Rap music, has been a culture rooted in the notion of the social periphery, the section of society excluded from mainstream, capitalist, bourgeois society. It has historically been a way for this voiceless, disenfranchised, and alienated population to criticize, question, and protest its societal position. The Movimento do Hip-Hop Organizado uses this medium as a way of politicizing and mobilizing the excluded members of Brazilian society. Using Hip-Hop, the organization constructs a socially informed, politically aware, and critically conscious community that is united through their common identification with Hip-Hop culture and MH2O. The case is made for this hypothesis by highlighting the movement use of a common relation to the history of Hip-Hop, the reflective capabilities of Rap music, the appropriation of the culture to fit local surroundings, members of the movement as a source of inspiration, and events to enter into direct dialogue with the people in order to create a peripheral community. I conclude that the establishment of this community among disenfranchised and rebellious youth not only demonstrates the effectiveness of MH2O, but also the power of Hip-Hop as a means of affecting real social change.
Anthropology | Ethnomusicology | Music | Social and Cultural Anthropology
Schutt, Ryan, "A Place in the World: MH2O’s Construction of a Peripheral Identity" (2007). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 174.