Women, Hip Hop, and Cultural Resistance in Dubai

Zenzele Isoke

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This article uses an ethnographic methodology grounded in a transversal understanding of both black feminism and hip hop politics. Using ethnographic fieldwork, including interviews with eight black identified "third culture" women in Dubai, UAE, and featuring three of those interviews, I argue that hip hop provides an important point of encounter to negotiate local to local connections in ways that undermine the national boundaries erected by states and reinforced through racializing practices that are often expressed through the cultural logics of capitalist heteropatriarchy. These reciprocal interviews offer insights into commonalities and differences among black women in very different parts of the world, whose identities are shaped, in part, by their involvement in hip hop culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-337
Number of pages22
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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2. I extend a note of gratitute to a series of scholars who have closely read and provided insightful feedback upon this article, thereby exponentially increasing its relevance to the fields of black and Middle Eastern studies. These include: Barbara Ransby, Mark Anthony Neal, Rana Raddawi, Dayo Gore, Moya Bailey, Nikol Alexander-Floyd, and Julia Jordan-Zachery. I would also like to thank the Imagine Fund of the University of Minnesota for its generous support of the broader umbrella project that this research is based on, called, Unheard Voices at the Bottom of Empire: Translocal Sites of Black Feminist Resistance.


  • Arab women hip hop artists
  • Dubai UAE
  • cultural resistance
  • global hip hop
  • transversal politics


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