‘77% of aussies are racist”: Intersections of politics and hip-hop in Australia

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The Australian government’s decision to turn away a Norwegian vessel with 438 asylum seekers on board became a national political issue and triggered a response from the hip-hop group The Herd in their track '77%'. Utilising Androutsopoulos’s (2009) framework of the three spheres of hip-hop discourse, this study explores how dissatisfaction and dissent are expressed through the lyrics, the media response to the track and through consumer channels in the comments section of the track’s YouTube video. The results show that hip-hop acts as a multi-level platform for such expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sociolinguistics of Hip-hop as Critical Conscience
Subtitle of host publicationDissatisfaction and Dissent
EditorsAndrew Ross, Damian Rivers
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783319592442
ISBN (Print)9783319592435
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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