Reggae on the Border

Luis Alvarez

in Transnational Encounters

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735921
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918607 | DOI:
Reggae on the Border

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This chapter investigates the political and cultural possibilities and limits of the wide-ranging reggae scene that has emerged along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border since the 1990s. It investigates why and how members of seemingly disparate border communities, including Mexicanas/os, Chicanas/os, and Native Americans, find common social and political ground playing Afro-Caribbean inspired music. It also interrogates how people living in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have responded to the impact of economic and political globalization by using reggae to fashion multi-ethnic and post-national political formations and social relationships at the grassroots.

Keywords: reggae; grassroots politics; Mexicanas/os; Chicanas/os; Native Americans

Chapter.  10916 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; American Music

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