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BuildThe Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World$
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Mark Katz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190056117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190056117.001.0001

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Operating in a Zone of Ambiguity: Tensions and Risks

Operating in a Zone of Ambiguity: Tensions and Risks

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Mark Katz

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DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190056117.003.0004

This chapter explores the central tensions that animate hip hop diplomacy. One tension is between art and diplomacy, particularly in their distinctive approaches to process and views on outcomes. A second tensions arises because of the asymmetry of power between the United States and the countries that hip hop diplomacy programs visit. This chapter posits that hip hop diplomacy (and cultural diplomacy in general) operates in a zone of ambiguity, a state in which palpable, inescapable tensions and uncertainties hang over one’s every action. Specific examples come from hip hop diplomacy initiatives in El Salvador, India, Morocco, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. The chapter ends by offering guidelines for respectful, collaborative interactions in cultural diplomacy and cultural exchange programs.

Keywords:   cultural diplomacy, artistic process, zone of ambiguity, Foreign Service Officers, US Embassies, charitable imperialism, colonialism, American Exceptionalism

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