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Transnational Cultural Constructions

Jesus A. Ramos-Kittrell

in Transnational Encounters

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735921
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735921.003.0010
Transnational Cultural Constructions

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This chapter explores how locally marginalized young musicians and dancers from Monterrey, Mexico, adopted and transformed cumbia in order to develop a sense of transnational belonging that ties them not only to Colombia, the place of origin of the genre, but also to the U.S. Borrowing Raymond Williams's notion of “structures of feeling,” the author shows the preeminent place of music and sound in the construction of a sense of cultural citizenship that is clearly transnational.

Keywords: Cumbia; Celso Piña; El Gran Silencio; structures of feeling; cultural citizenship

Chapter.  7348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; American Music

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