Youth Identities and Argentine Popular Music: Beyond Tango

Youth Identities and Argentine Popular Music: Beyond Tango

by P. Seman, P. Vila
     
 

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This book analyzes the music that young porteñas/os (the inhabitants of Buenos Aires, Argentina) actually listen to nowadays, which, contrary to well-entrenched stereotypes, is not tango but rock nacional, cumbiaand romantic music. Chapters examine the music and what the Argentinean youth use it to say about themselves.

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This book analyzes the music that young porteñas/os (the inhabitants of Buenos Aires, Argentina) actually listen to nowadays, which, contrary to well-entrenched stereotypes, is not tango but rock nacional, cumbiaand romantic music. Chapters examine the music and what the Argentinean youth use it to say about themselves.

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"An intriguing exploration of multiple conjunctures and disjunctures in the unpredictable relationships between identity and music, the chapters in this volume consistently surprise the reader by demonstrating how endless innovation and creativity produce unexpected musical fusions, which nevertheless 'make sense' when seen in retrospect and from the point of view of the music-makers and their audiences." - Peter Wade, author of Music, Race and Nation: Música Tropical in Colombia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230104631
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

PABLO SEMAN is a researcher and professor in Sociology and Anthropology. He has developed his career in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. His research focuses on the production and reception of popular and mass music, religion and literature. He has published several scientific articles in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, the United States, and Mexico. He has published, among other books: Entre Santos, Cumbias y Piquetes (with Daniel Míguez, 2006); Bajo Continuo: Explor aciones descentradas sobre cultura popular y masiva (2006); Cumbia: Raza, nación, etnia y género en Latinoamérica (with Pablo Vila, 2011); and Troubling Gender: Youth and Cumbia in Argentina's Music Scene (with Pablo Vila, 2011).

Pablo Vila is a professor of Sociology at Temple University. His research focuses on the social construction of identities in two different locales, the U.S.-Mexico border and Argentina. On the U.S.-Mexico border, he has researched issues of national, regional, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and class identities and has published several articles and five books: Crossing Borders, Reinforcing Borders: Social Categories, Metaphors and Narrative Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier; Border Identifications: Narratives of Religion, Gender, and Class on the U.S. Mexico Border; Ethnography at the Border; Identificaciones de región, etnia y nación en la frontera entre México-EU; and Identidades fronterizas: Narrativas de religión, género y clase en la frontera México-Estados Unidos. In his work on identification processes in Argentina he has researched the way in which different social actors use popular music to understand who they are and act accordingly. This part of his research has resulted in several articles and four books: Cumbia: Raza, nación, etnia y género en Latinoamérica (with Pablo Semán, 2011), Troubling Gender: Youth and Cumbia in Argentina's Music Scene (with Pablo Semán, 2011), and Cumbia! (with Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste, 2012).

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