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  • At UMass and beyond, hip-hop draws growing academic interest

    Associated Press - 11/19/2016

    “There are so many dimensions to the culture,” said Murray Forman, a media studies professor at Northeastern University. “It’s really rich for analysis in all kinds of contexts.”

    Some scholars still question whether hip-hop has a place in academia, but its acceptance is growing, said Forman, who was a Nasir Jones fellow last year. University presses have published dozens of textbooks on rap and hip-hop’s political and cultural importance. Scores of graduate students have taken on similar topics for their dissertations.

    For archivists in particular, there has been a surge of interest in preserving the artifacts of hip-hop, especially from its early days in the 1970s and 1980s, Forman said.

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