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The Local and the Global in Networks of Lebanese and Algerian Rappers
AuthorWiedemann, Felix Search Wikipedia for Felix Wiedemann
Published in
Open Library of Humanities (2019). Vol. 5 Iss. 1, Pg. 1-40 (ISSN: 2056-6700)
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (DE)Rapmusiker Search Wikipedia for Rapmusiker / Hip-Hop Search Wikipedia for Hip-Hop / Arabische Musik Search Wikipedia for Arabische Musik / Libanon Search Wikipedia for Libanon / Algerien Search Wikipedia for Algerien / Netzwerk Search Wikipedia for Netzwerk / Twitter Search Wikipedia for Twitter
Keywords (EN)rap Search Wikipedia for rap / Lebanon Search Wikipedia for Lebanon / Algeria Search Wikipedia for Algeria / network Search Wikipedia for network / Twitter Search Wikipedia for Twitter
URNurn:nbn:de:gbv:3:5-100093 Persistent Identifier (URN)
The Local and the Global in Networks of Lebanese and Algerian Rappers [3.31 mb]
Abstract (English)

This article discusses border-crossing interconnections and processes of glocalization in Arab(ic) hip hop culture. It is based on an analysis of collaborative networks among Lebanese and Algerian rappers, and their Twitter networks. This approach is grounded in relational sociology, which assumes that culture is the product of interactions between individuals. Here, two interactions are modeled and analyzed as networks. At first, featurings as a form of artistic collaboration are examined. Secondly, Twitter followings, as an important form of online communication, are focused on. By analyzing network-structures like clusters and node properties like the number of connections to other nodes (degree), this article takes a quantitative viewpoint on a subject matter usually analyzed by qualitative tools. The article’s findings indicate the parallel existence of an Algerian and an Eastern Arab(ic) hip hop community excluding the Maghreb region. Both communities have social media connections to the US-American hip hop scene, while French hip hop seems to only play a bigger role in Algeria.