Flamenco: Passion, Politics and Popular Culture / Edition 1

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Flamenco is renowned for its passion and flamboyance. Yet because it generates such visceral responses, it is often overlooked as a site for subtler discourses.

This absorbing book articulates powerful and convincing arguments on such key subjects as ethnicity, irony, authenticity, the body and resistance. Franco's 'politics of original sin' had left its mark on every aspect of Spanish life between 1936 and 1975, and flamenco music was no exception. Although widely portrayed as an apolitical, even frivolous form of entertainment, flamenco is shown here to have played a role in both the strategies of Franco's supporters and of those who opposed him. The author explores how the meaning of flamenco shifts according to the social, cultural and historical contexts within which it appears. In so doing, he demonstrates that flamenco is an ideal subject for analyzing the construction and appropriation of popular culture, given the way in which it was developed for middle-class audiences, converted into grand spectacle, and conscripted to serve political ends.

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Editorial Reviews

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"... [a] closely argued and intriguing book." -The Times Literary Supplement

"I would recommend this book as a useful, even essential, addition to any (ethnomusicologist's) library, both for its contribution to the field of flamenco studies and fo r its engagement with a range of topical themes and theoretical concerns and the author's laudable attempt to propose, in light of these, fresh ways of looking at the flamenco phenomenon." —British Jourbanal of Ethnomusicology

"The social and politi cal context of the performance is well-documented.' —The Jourbanal of Iberian and Latin-American Studies

"...provides a valuable contribution to our understanding of flamenco and other aspects of Andalusian society." —South European Society and Poli tics

"His [Washabaugh's] book is to be heartily recommended" —Hispanic Research Jourbanal

"... a valuable and very welcome introduction to some of the political dimensions of flamencology ... " --Jourbanal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859731710
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Explorations in Anthropology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

William Washabaugh is a Professor of Anthropology, at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

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Table of Contents

1 The Politics of Passion: Flamenco, Power, and the Body 1
2 The Histories of Flamenco 31
3 The Pleasures of Music 54
4 Gypsies 73
5 The Body 88
6 Women 103
7 Anglo Perspectives on Flamenco Music 118
8 Music, Resistance, and Popular Culture 132
9 "Rito y Geografia del Cante" 139
Bibliography 180
Index 199
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