Hip-Hop and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline was created for K–12 students in hopes that they find tangible strategies for creating affirming communities where students, parents, advocates and community members collaborate to compose liberating and just frameworks that effectively define the school-to-prison pipeline and identify the nefarious ways it adversely affects their lives. This book is for educators, activists, community organizers, teachers, scholars, politicians, and administrators who we hope will join us in challenging the predominant preconceived notion held by many educators that Hip-Hop has no redeemable value. Lastly, the authors/editors argue against the understanding of Hip-Hop studies as primarily an academic endeavor situated solely in the academy. They understand the fact that people on streets, blocks, avenues, have been living and theorizing about Hip-Hop since its inception. This important critical book is an honest, thorough, powerful, and robust examination of the ingenious and inventive ways people who have an allegiance to Hip-Hop work tirelessly, in various capacities, to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
“Hip-Hop and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline is an intersectional radical intervention in promoting youth justice and social justice education. This book is a must read to truly understand how the system is oppressing and locking up youth, especially Youth of Color. To end the school to prison, we must listen to youth and those affected by it, Hip Hop is their megaphone.”―Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo, Emeritus Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Syracuse University
“This timely and thought-provoking book adopts an intersectional approach for understanding hip hop as a form of public pedagogy capable of challenging systems of domination. It reflects and contributes to many of today’s social movements (BLM, mass incarceration, education reform, feminism, queer liberation) and seeks nothing less than radical, transformative social change. Nothing but applause and claps!”―Jason Del Gandio, co-editor of Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution
“This is a must read book, which connects the culture that is most affected by the school to prison pipeline to scholars who are experts on the issue. Finally, we are connecting the dots and not speaking at, but speaking with.”―Peace Studies Journal
“There are too many people saying we should lock youth up and that we need more security and cops in schools. This book says the complete opposite; we need more liberation, freedom, love, counselors, teachers, therapists, social justice courses, and psychologists in school.”―Transformative Justice Journal
“A profound elucidation of the empowering and revolutionary culture and music created in resistance to the capitalist system its oppressive institutions. This important book should be read by everyone interested in social justice.”―David Nibert, Wittenberg University
“I am honored to be part of this book and I believe it is requisite reading for anyone pursuing integrated pedagogy that includes musical art forms. I will be assigning this as seminal texts for my courses in educational leadership as it pertains to culture and climate.”―Arash Daneshzadeh, Lecturer of Education, University of San Francisco
“A simply amazing collection of essays evincing how hip hop is more than a music movement for the oppressed; it is prison-industrial-complex activism, medicine for the disposed, invisible and disenfranchised, education for those given no tools of critical reflection, aesthetics and cultural practices for organizers, voice and psychosocial justice for the woke, pedagogy and righteous indignation for the teacher, street knowledge, consciousness and radical theory for the academic, and a lifeline for change connecting youth, generations, schools, and communities.”―Michael J. Coyle, Professor, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, California State University, Chico
“This is an outstanding book and one of the most important books within the field of Hip Hop studies. To not read this book and be a scholar within the field of hip hop, you are really missing out.”―Poetry Behind the Walls
“It is hard to sum up this book in a few words. A quintessential book, that needs to be read to understand Youth of Color and underrepresented youth. This book builds the relation between hip hop culture and youth. To say it’s a must read, is an understatement!”―Alisha Page, National Coordinator, Save the Kids
“This book centers the radical and political heart of hip hop bringing together a range of voices to explore the intersection of Hip Hop, resistance, activism, and struggle. If racial, economic, and social justice is going to be achieved works like this are essential.”―Sean Parson, North Arizona University
About the Author
Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D. is a recognized urban youth culture expert & cultural literacy scholar. Dr. Hodge is Professor of Intercultural Communications at North Park University in Chicago where he chairs the Department of Communication Arts and is research lead for the Catalyst_ _ 606 program. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip-Hop culture, race/ethnicity, and young adult ethnic-minority emerging generations.
Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D. is Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology and M.S. in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University. He is an applied sociologist and ensures most of his research projects are in partnership with local communities.
Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College. He is the editor of the Peace Studies Journal, Transformative Justice Journal, and co-editor of five book series including Critical Animal Studies and Theory with Lexington Books and Hip Hop Studies and Activism with Peter Lang Publishing. He has published over fifty book chapters or articles and forty books.
Ahmad R. Washington, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at The University of Louisville. His research interests include African American males’ ethnic and gender identity development and social justice school counseling interventions. He has either contributed to or produced independently more than thirty manuscripts and national, regional and state presentations. Most recently, he is co-editor of Black Male Student Success in 21st Century Urban Schools: School Counseling for Equity, Access and Achievement.
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