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M.I.A.: A Production Analysis of Musical Subversion

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In 2007, the Sri Lankan hiphop artist M.I.A. was blocked from entering the U.S. by the federal government’s denial of a visa on political grounds. This paper explores the conditions of production that have allowed M.I.A. to flourish as an insurgent artist, interrogating the ideological and cultural context in which discursive subversion by a subaltern subject is possible in the face of the political tyranny of the “war on terror.” The central research question is: Do M.I.A.’s music and politics represent an emergence of knowledges and desires that are crucial to galvanizing counterhegemonic protest in, and via, contemporary media? The analysis demonstrates how M.I.A. has used “guerilla” communication technologies to advance her subversive political agenda. Using Sandoval’s theory of subaltern expression, this paper argues that M.I.A.’s circumvention of corporate channels of musical production and distribution is a Third World feminist strategy geared to bringing subaltern politics into First World view.

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feminist art, hiphop, rap, resistance, Third World feminism
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Durham, Meenakshi. "M.I.A.: A Production Analysis of Musical Subversion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2009 <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p299202_index.html>

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Durham, M. G. , 2009-05-20 "M.I.A.: A Production Analysis of Musical Subversion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p299202_index.html

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Abstract: In 2007, the Sri Lankan hiphop artist M.I.A. was blocked from entering the U.S. by the federal government’s denial of a visa on political grounds. This paper explores the conditions of production that have allowed M.I.A. to flourish as an insurgent artist, interrogating the ideological and cultural context in which discursive subversion by a subaltern subject is possible in the face of the political tyranny of the “war on terror.” The central research question is: Do M.I.A.’s music and politics represent an emergence of knowledges and desires that are crucial to galvanizing counterhegemonic protest in, and via, contemporary media? The analysis demonstrates how M.I.A. has used “guerilla” communication technologies to advance her subversive political agenda. Using Sandoval’s theory of subaltern expression, this paper argues that M.I.A.’s circumvention of corporate channels of musical production and distribution is a Third World feminist strategy geared to bringing subaltern politics into First World view.


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