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French MovesThe Cultural Politics of le hip hop$
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Felicia McCarren

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939954.001.0001

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Hip Hop Citizens

Hip Hop Citizens

Politics, Culture, and Performance

(p.3) Chapter 1Hip Hop Citizens
French Moves

Felicia McCarren

Oxford University Press

Imported from the US via dancers, videos, and French television, French urban dance developed in youth centers and dance studios with state art funding, a strategic politique culturelle begun under Fran¸ois Mitterand’s Socialist government and Minister of Culture Jack Lang. This chapter argues that what has made this form political is not only its politicization (its political recuperation) but what Etienne Balibar refers to as a political, collective potential: as politics, and as a movement poetics. Urban dance choreographies such as Zou (2008) by Compagnie Los Anges comment on the political and technological background for hip hop and propose hip hoppers as “citizens” of a Republic of Culture.

Keywords:   FRANCE, politics and government, 1981-current—France, SOCIALISM—Cultural programs, Technological innovation—Social Aspects, PERFORMANCE THEORY—COMPAGNIE LOS ANGES—ZOU 2008—ETIENNE BALIBAR, Youth, government policy, France

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