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The Rise of the Posses and the Power of the Word

  • Susanna Scarparo
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
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Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Abstract

The chapter discusses the raggamuffin-reggae and rap posse movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The chapter explains that the posses were rooted in, and inspired by, new collective social movements, and in particular the largest youth protest movement since the 1970s: la Pantera. This link between the posses and the reawakening of a collective youth politics was particularly evident in Rome and Bologna, through the self-managed social centres of Forte Prenestino and L’Isola nel Kantiere. The chapter also discusses the music of the Neapolitan 99 Posse and Almamegretta and argues that these groups self-consciously adopted a newly re-created southern identity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Scarparo
    • 1
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    • 2
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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