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Sun, Sea, and Sound: Music and Tourism in the Circum-Caribbean
     

Sun, Sea, and Sound: Music and Tourism in the Circum-Caribbean

by Timothy Rommen (Editor), Daniel T. Neely (Editor)
 

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Music and tourism, both integral to the culture and livelihood of the circum-Caribbean region, have until recently been approached from disparate disciplinary perspectives. Scholars who specialize in tourism studies typically focus on issues such as economic policy, sustainability, and political implications; music scholars are more likely to concentrate on

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Music and tourism, both integral to the culture and livelihood of the circum-Caribbean region, have until recently been approached from disparate disciplinary perspectives. Scholars who specialize in tourism studies typically focus on issues such as economic policy, sustainability, and political implications; music scholars are more likely to concentrate on questions of identity, authenticity, neo-colonialism, and appropriation. Although the insights generated by these paths of scholarship have long been essential to study of the region, Sun, Sea, and Sound turns its attention to the dynamics and interrelationships between tourism and music throughout the region. Editors Timothy Rommen and Daniel T. Neely bring together a group of leading scholars from the fields of ethnomusicology, anthropology, mobility studies, and history to develop and explore a framework - termed music touristics - that considers music in relation to the wide range of tourist experiences that have developed in the region. Over the course of eleven chapters, the authors delve into an array of issues including the ways in which countries such as Jamaica and Cuba have used music to distinguish themselves within the international tourism industry, the tourism surrounding music festivals in Guadeloupe and New Orleans, the intersections between music and sex tourism in Brazil, and spirituality tourism in Cuba. An indispensable resource for the study of music and tourism in global perspective, Sun, Sea, and Sound is essential reading for scholars and students across disciplines interested in the Caribbean region.

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"All the essays are exhaustively researched, and taken together they cast light on a relatively understudied element of Caribbean popular music: its transmission and evolution in the culture of tourism. Recommended." --Choice

"The book demonstrates that far from being a frivolous aspect of unidirectional travel and consumption, music in the context of tourism represents complex desires and efforts on the part of many actors, be they governments, musicians, or 'tourists' (which, it becomes clear, is one label attached to diverse types of travelers). As an attempt to address the gap in scholarship on music and tourism, the book is appropriately broad in scope while still maintaing its basic theme ... In addition to exposure of the previously understudied topic of music and tourism, one of the contributions of the book is that it moves beyond the more trodden conceptions of tourism as imperialist exploitation and delves into the lives and experiences of participants ... This, as well as other perspectives in this volume, should be helpful in destigmatizing tourism as a topic of ethnomusicological study, both in the circum-Caribbean and beyond." --Latin American Music Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199988853
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2014
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Rommen received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2002. He specializes in the music of the Caribbean with research interests that include folk and popular sacred music, popular music, critical theory, ethics, diaspora, tourism, and the intellectual history of ethnomusicology. The majority of his research is focused on musics circulating in and around the Anglophone Caribbean.

Daniel T. Neely is an independent scholar specializing in the music of the Caribbean. He holds a PhD in music from New York University.

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