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ETNOGRAFICHESKOE OBOZRENIE • 1-2017


A. Ventsel, E. Peers, Z. Tarasova
Rap as an Expression of Social Changes in the North-East of Siberia: Hip-Hop, Urbanization, and Ethnicity of the Yakut (Sakha)
[Rep kak sredstvo vyrazheniia sotsial'nykh izmenenii na severo-vostoke Sibiri: khip-khop, urbanizatsiia i etnichnost' yakutov (sakha)]

Aimar Ventsel | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3242-5471 | aimar.ventsel@ut.ee | University of Tartu (Ulikooli 18, Tartu, 50090, Estonia)

Eleanor Peers | http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9082-9127 | eleanorpeers@yahoo.co.uk | University of Aberdeen (King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, UK)

Zoya Tarasova | zoy-tarasova@yandex.ru | North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk (58 Belinskogo St., Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha [Yakutia], 677000, Russia)

Type of publication: Research Article

Keywords
Yakuts, Sakha, rap, hip-hop, pop music, urbanization, village, village lifestyle, ethnic identity, transformation

Abstract
The article discusses the interrelation of youth cultural forms and social transformations in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The development of modern infrastructures and technologies, people's mass migration from villages to towns, as well as the expansion of global cultural forms have caused changes in how contemporary urban Yakuts (Sakha) perceive and express their ethnic identities. One of the brightest expressions of such changes has become the formation and rapid development of rap, or hip-hop, among the Yakut youth at the outset of the 20th century. If earlier Yakuts were exclusively associated with village lifestyle, then the present-time Yakut hip-hop, largely conditioned by recent geopolitical events, symbolized the appearance of a new generation of urbanized Yakuts who do not necessarily link themselves with the village, but are open to global cultural trends and at the same time understand and value their national cultural heritage.

Citation (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., Author-Date, article titles not enclosed in quotation marks)

Ventsel, A., E. Peers, and Z. Tarasova. 2017. Rep kak sredstvo vyrazheniia sotsial'nykh izmenenii na severo-vostoke Sibiri: khip-khop, urbanizatsiia i etnichnost' yakutov (sakha) [Rap as an Expression of Social Changes in the North-East of Siberia: Hip-Hop, Urbanization, and Ethnicity of the Yakut (Sakha)]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 1: 168-182

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Submitted 24.03.2016 | Accepted 01.09.2016

 


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