The Study of a Cultural Phenomenon

Since hip hop emerged on the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, it has made substantial contributions to music, dance, fashion, and the visual arts. It has also significantly influenced politics, education, racial identity, and urban culture, earning it a place in academia as a legitimate and fertile area of study that is growing quickly.  

Gale is proud to present the first authoritative, academically rigorous reference title that is squarely focused on Hip Hop Culture.


The St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture includes over 500 pages organized into 210 articles that examine the history and contributions of hip hop to American and global culture. It provides an indispensable authoritative reference resource defining, exploring, and analyzing this significant aspect of culture and history.

Entries will provide information about the music (rap and DJing), dance (break dancing), and visual arts (graffiti) that are the artistic expressions of hip hop culture. This title features the people, places, events, and works that started the movement and established hip hop as a global phenomenon. Entries will also examine hip hop’s influence in other artistic arenas such as fashion, film, and poetry; its impact on education, politics, social activism, racial and ethnic identity, and globalization; and its many contributions to American, urban, black, and Latino culture.

This newly released title is an ideal companion to St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture.

ISBN: 9781410380821
500 Pages
Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released February 2018

“If hip hop is the most important cultural phenomenon in the lifetime of current students, which it is, then no institution can reasonably think it understands its students if it hasn’t engaged with hip hop in some way.”   - Emory Petchauer, Inside Higher Education.

Areas of Study

Hip hop culture is studied within countless disciplines at the university level, including:

  • History 
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Art


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