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date: 19 November 2017

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In this chapter, the authors explore the research history of multiliteracies and Hip Hop-based education (HHBE), and look critically at the benefits of incorporating Hip Hop based educational practices into classrooms. HHBE is effective at de-marginalizing student’s lived experiences and assists students, both academically and emotionally. Further, the incorporation of HHBE into classrooms allows students to look at the African and Afro-Diasporic roots of Hip Hop as well as the history of African American Language and its role as a mode of resistance. HHBE allows for praxis by encouraging students to be critical of the messages within this mode of media and empowering them to support and produce media that does not perpetuate oppression. HHBE fosters identity development amongst students and allows them to study the meaning behind social identity constructions. HHBE counters the cycle of socialization, and possesses the ability to combat White racial hegemonies that persist in classrooms.

Keywords: African American Language, multiliteracies, identity, Hip Hop based education, socialization

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