People take for granted that you can dance Salsa and Merengue: Transnational Diasporas, Visual Discourses, and Racialized Knowledge in the Contemporary Latin Music Boom in Sweden
2008 (English)In: Internationell migration - utmaningar och möjligheter: ett interdisciplinärt samtal, Stockholm: Stockholms universitet , 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
During recent years US based Latin popular culture has gained worldwide popularity through artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Ricky Martin. Taking the national context as an emerging vantage point from which to consider globalization processes, the paper explores the growing popularity of the Latin music boom as a specific contemporary expression of global popular culture and its impact on young Latina women's everyday lives and identity work in Sweden. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with twenty-nine high school Latina girls, 14-20 years of age, born and/or raised in Sweden, it is examined how music arenas and its appeal to hybrid identities are to be construed when we reflect critically upon the contemporary articulations of commodity cultures and representations. In the particular context of Sweden, the paper inquires into how young Latina women's negotiate popular representations of Latinidad through intentional as well as unintentional embodiment of these images. It is argued that while visual discourses and representations in popular culture tend to fix young women in preconceived ideas of ethnicity and race, the young women themselves find myriad ways to reconstruct stereotyping ideas and build diasporic links to other Latino/a diasporas, especially in the US.
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Stockholm: Stockholms universitet , 2008.
popular culture, youth, Latinidad, Jennifer Lopez, globalization, diaspora, Sweden.
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99719OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99719DiVA: diva2:208610