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Assistant Researcher

Márcia Leão

research interests

Globalization and Urban Culture; International Policy; Urban Geography and Civil Society; Street culture (Hip Hop) and identity formation; Urban planning

Short Bio

Marcia Leão is a PhD student in the African Studies Program at ISCTE-IUL's Center for International Studies, graduated in Social Sciences, has a multidisciplinary master's degree in Education, Administration and Communication, has collaborated with projects focused on areas of hip hop culture, ethnic identities And Public Policies for inclusion of young people in urban space.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Research Problem

The project focuses on the theme of organized civil society from the hip-hop movement and rap music in Guinea-Bissau. The research will try to substantiate the thesis of the intervention of rap music in the mode of social organization of urban communities, specifically in the younger ones. In the same way, it will try to demonstrate how the different ethnicities organize themselves from the tradition of Mandjuandade, that is to say, a form of resistance and integration of the national associative life and through the communitarian radios.

Object of Analysis:

Rap music and composite lyrics, rappers and their role as agents of communication, young listeners of rap music and, finally, the associations organized from the meeting of these young people and their interests will be Objects of analysis of this research.

General objective

To understand the capacities of organization and dissemination of rap music through its actors and their compositions for the formation of civil society, in a chaotic economically and politically controversial context.

Question of departure:

To what extent does the hip hop movement give individuals the ability to organize in collective interests by building democratic actions so that they can interfere in the State's debates?

Main hypothesis

Rap creates political strategies using letters of challenge with national identity features. It is presented in public spaces, in shows, interactive and cultural activities and in community radio, taking advantage of the cultural environment marked by the history of the struggles for Guinean colonial liberation.

Expected results

This study analyzes the contribution of hip hop as a modern associativism structured in cooperativism to bring benefits, jobs and opportunities to young Guineans excluded from power and governance.


Survey of documents such as Statutes of the different groups of Civil Society existing, application of Inquiry and interview with Guinean rappers and leaders / producers of community radios, icnographic records of urban social spaces.


The present schedule was elaborated based on the organization and distribution of the activities and stages evolved during the regulatory period of the PhD course in African Studies.

Step 1: Compliance with the credits of the Doctoral Program

Step 2: bibliographical and documentary survey

Step 3: Read and write the bibliography and documentation

Step 4: Develop an interview form and record observations

Step 5: Partial analysis of collected data

Step 6: Text presentation for Qualification

Step 7: Correction and suggested adjustments

Step 8: Writing the thesis text

Step 9: Text presentation for correction of the advisor

Step 10: Preparation and presentation of the text for Defense

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

This research deals with analytical elements of the social coexistence of the population of Guinea-Bissau, Bissau city and its strong relation with the public space and of survival, through cultural elements, however, with their rights removed by the corrupt public power, music rap has been a strong link between Guineans and their roots. With the high poverty rate, lack of resources, infrastructure, the connection with its territory becomes strong and eminent every day, especially among the youngest. From this perspective, I characterize that this individual work is based on the research carried out in the D'C, contributing with its mission to raise cognitive situations related to the sociocultural aspects founded on the importance that the convivial space has for these characters. We believe that with its implementation it can contribute to the mission of this Research Center with new approaches for the sustainable development of contemporary societies in need.

Main publications

LEÃO, M. A. S.; FERREIRA, J. O. . Arte e Cidadania: Hip Hop e Educação. In: Amaral, M.; Carril, L.. (Org.). O Hip Hop e as Diásporas Africanas na Modernidade - Umas discussão contemporânea sobre cultura e Educação. 1ed.São Paulo: Alameda Casa Editorial, 2015, v. 5, p. 111-131.

Main projects

Activismo e mudança cultural: margens e movimentos, para International Conference “Activisms in Africa (coord.)

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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