Title: Assistant professor (anthropology)
Institution: University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense , Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC)
Leader of the project: Making and walking the history of Nanterre’s university
Personal webpage: Virginie Milliot's webpage on the Lesc website (http://www.mae.u-paris10.fr/lesc/spip.php)
Virginie Milliot’s research deals with processes of social and cultural emergence, of which cities are the crucible, as well as with policies of recognition and institutionalisation, of which these dynamics are the subjet.
She is the author of a doctoral thesis on the “indigenisation” of hip hop in France. This research analyses the reclaiming and reinterpretation of this symbolic form in the context of working-class suburbs and the effects of the recognition policy implemented by municipal political actors in the 1990s. She shows the links that exist between the popular culture of the fragile lives of the young people in these neighbourhoods and the artistic conventions of street hip-hop. Then she analyses the development of this movement within urban networks and the transformation of these forms of expression from the street to the stage.