Where the #bgirls at? Politics of (in)visibility in breaking culture

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Abstract

Representation is a central tenet of hip-hop culture, yet women's experiences and contributions have long been invisibilised. This article reveals some of the barriers to visibility facing women in breaking ('b-girls'). It shows how b-girls respond to gender-based challenges and their sense of obligation to be visible in order to promote gender equality. Through participant-observation, interviews with Sydney b-girls, and online case studies, this article situates b-girling practices 'in relation to' a hip-hop feminist framework. This article shows how white hetero-patriarchal neoliberal structures shape visibility in breaking culture, and how b-girls respond to, negotiate, challenge, and enact their representation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Early online date17 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • b-girl
  • breaking
  • feminism
  • hip-hop
  • representation

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