Hip Hop World
Written by Dalton Higgins
Edited by Jane Springer
Publication Date October 01, 2009
"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail
Hip hop is arguably the predominant global youth subculture of this generation. In this book Dalton Higgins takes vivid snapshots of the hip hop scenes in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and more.
American hip hop has gone through growing pains, and is questioned for being too commercialized to articulate the hopes, concerns and dreams of marginal youth and community members. Outside the US, hip hop culture is often a political tool to mobilize disenfranchised communities around hard issues, with little support from mainstream corporations or sponsors.
Higgins taps into his own powers of pop culture prognostication to predict the future of the genre and the youth culture that spawned it, as hip hop spreads its tentacles to the furthest reaches of humanity.
Dalton Higgins is a Canadian National Magazine award recipient and a multimedia pop culture critic who's published in prominent urban culture magazines, including the Source, Vibe and Urb. He is co-author of Hip Hop (2005) and Much Master T: One VJ's Journey (2002). Higgins appeared in the prestigious Who's Who in Black Canada (2006) and is a music programmer of Canada's Centre of Contemporary Culture, the Harbourfront Centre, in Toronto.
Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.