The vigorous local: culture industry hip-hop and the politics of resistance in the age of globalization

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Citation Formats
C. Mert, “The vigorous local: culture industry hip-hop and the politics of resistance in the age of globalization,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.