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Situating Sikh Diasporic Dubs: A Case Study Featuring Humble the Poet and Sikh Knowledge

Situating Sikh Diasporic Dubs: A Case Study Featuring Humble the Poet and Sikh Knowledge

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Title: Situating Sikh Diasporic Dubs: A Case Study Featuring Humble the Poet and Sikh Knowledge
Author: Kauldher, Amrita
Abstract: The turban and beard has been a focus of Sikh identity in the diaspora and since 2010 has resurged across North American within popular culture and social media. Based on virtual and visual research conducted on social media, qualitative interviews and lyrical analysis, this case study explores the concept of vernacular cosmopolitanism and Canadian hip hop in relationship to Punjabi-Sikh identities, articulated and performed by artists Humble the Poet and Sikh Knowledge. This case study addresses a lacuna of scholarship available on Punjabi-Sikh identity and hip hop by providing an analysis of album Turban Sex and book/album campaign for UnLEARN: Butterflies and Lions. I will explore how both artists respectively affirm and destabilize identity politics of popular representations of Punjabi-Sikh ethnicity and heritage. Looking beyond turbans and beards and labels of "ethno hip hop" or "desi rap", this research aims to interrogate the limits of multiculturalism and antiracism.
Subject: Cultural anthropology
Keywords: Vernacular cosmopolitanisms
Sikh studies
Hip hop
Social media
Social activism
Turban
Aesthetic
Ethnicity
Heritage
Humble the Poet
Sikh Knowledge
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34242
Supervisor: Yon, Daniel
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Social Anthropology
Exam date: 2017-04-24
Publish on: 2018-03-01

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