Indigenous Australian Youth, identity, rap/hip hop: A tool for wellbeing and ethical care

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    The Australian schooling landscape continues to be viewed by Indigenous members in the community as a site for assimilation, colonisation, and racialisation. As a minority group, young Indigenous Australians within the schooling system continue to fall below their non-Indigenous counterparts in educational attainment. The popular culture of rap and hip hop can be utilised as a beneficial tool for the wellbeing, ethical care, and mobilising of voice and performance for young Indigenous Australians and their experiences in education. Implementation of rap and hip hop within areas of curriculum can bring to the fore and make visible the invisible. Rap and hip hop open up the space to have conversations about issues concerning students, because they exist within the lived worldview of Indigenous Australian youths. The chapter suggests that interactions with rap and hip hop allow for the performance of identity, engagement, and being human as praxis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChild and Adolescent, Wellbeing and Violence Prevention in Schools
    EditorsPhillip T. Slee, Grace Skrzypiec, Carmel Cefai
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-10204-7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-10475-4, 978-1-138-10478-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Indigenous youth
    • Rap
    • Hip Hop
    • Cultural Identity
    • Australia
    • Wellbeing


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