B-Boying and Battling in a Global Context: The Discursive Life of Difference in Hip Hop Dance / ﺍﻟﺮﻗﺺ ﺑﻮﺻﻔﻪ ﺻﺮﺍﻋﺎً ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺎﻕ ﺍﻟﻌﻮﻟﻤﻲ: ﺍﻟﺤﻴﺎﺓ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺎﺑﻴﺔ ﻟﻼﺧﺘﻼﻑ ﻓﻲ ﺭﻗﺺ ﺍﻟﻬﻴﺐ ﻫﻮﺏ



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Johnson, Imani Kai; ﺟﻮﻧﺴﻮﻥ, ﺇﻳﻤﺎﻧﻲ ﻛﺎﻱ

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Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

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[This article explores the discursive dimensions of dance through a battle between the Mighty Zulu Kings (US) and Gamblerz (South Korea) at a two-day international b-boying (popularly known as break-dancing) competition in Los Angeles in 2007. The author explores how past debates about style give way to concerns about the impact of b-boying's global context on the culture's longevity, manifested in a discourse that emphasizes ethno-racial and national differences. Through a close analysis of an excerpted interview with b-girl Rokafella, the author analyzes the complicated and layered play of racial, national, and gender differences in b-boying, and the cultural stakes that often go unarticulated. Returning to dance reminds us that movement plays a role in how differences are negotiated and how common ground can be found. ﺗﺘﻨﺎﻭﻝ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﻘﺎﻟﺔ ﺍﻷﺑﻌﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺎﺑﻴﺔ ﻟﻠﺮﻗﺺ ﻣﻦ ﺧﻼﻝ ﺗﺤﻠﻴﻞ "ﻣﻌﺮﻛﺔ" ﺭﻗﺺ ﺑﻴﻦ ﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻮﻻﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﻛﻮﺭﻳﺎ ﺍﻟﺠﻨﻮﺑﻴﺔ ﺗﻤﺖ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺴﺎﺑﻘﺔ ﺭﻗﺺ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺪﺍﺭ ﻳﻮﻣﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﻟﻮﺱ ﺃﻧﺠﻠﻮﺱ ﻓﻲ ﻋﺎﻡ ٢٠٠٧. ﻭﺗﺴﺘﻜﺸﻒ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﺗﺒﺔ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻗﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﺠﺪﻝ ﻓﻴﻤﺎ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺃﺳﺎﻟﻴﺐ ﺍﻟﺮﻗﺺ ﻭﺗﺄﺛﻴﺮ ﺳﻴﺎﻗﻪ ﺍﻟﻌﻮﻟﻤﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺎﺏ ﺍﻟﺜﻘﺎﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻌﻠﻖ ﺑﺎﻻﺧﺘﻼﻑ ﺍﻹﺛﻨﻲ ﻭﺍﻟﻘﻮﻣﻲ. ﻭﻣﻦ ﺧﻼﻝ ﻣﻘﺎﺑﻠﺔ ﻣﻊ ﺇﺣﺪﻯ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﻗﺼﺎﺕ، ﺗﺤﻠﻞ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﺗﺒﺔ ﻃﺒﻘﺎﺕ ﺍﻻﺧﺘﻼﻑ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻘﺪﺓ ﻓﻴﻤﺎ ﻳﺨﺺ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﻕ ﻭﺍﻟﻘﻮﻣﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺠﻨﻮﺳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺳﻴﺎﻕ ﺍﻟﺮﻗﺺ ﻭﺍﻹﺷﻜﺎﻟﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺜﻘﺎﻓﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﻜﻮﺕ ﻋﻨﻬﺎ. ﻓﺎﻟﻌﻮﺩﺓ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﺮﻗﺺ ﺗﺸﻴﺮ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺩﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﺤﺮﻛﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻮﺍﺀﻣﺔ ﺍﻻﺧﺘﻼﻓﺎﺕ ﻭﺇﻳﺠﺎﺩ ﺃﺭﺿﻴﺎﺕ ﻣﺸﺘﺮﻛﺔ ﻟﻠﺤﻮﺍﺭ .]

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