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Narcocorridos: Ethnic Tradition, Border Discourse, and Commercialization
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English. (Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2359-4484
2015 (English)In: Selling Ethnicity and Race: Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America / [ed] Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabriele, Trier (Tyskland): Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015, 197-211 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As traditional Mexican folk music corridos have always celebrated smugglers, outlaws and bandits, and many songs, popular in Mexico and the US Southwest, have commented on drug-related issues. However, in the past decades narcocorridos added a new dimension to the complex relation of music industry and drug consumption in North America. The following essay discusses the growing popularity of the drug ballad (narcocorrido) in the context of the rise of drug related violence in Mexico and the history of corrido singing in the US-Mexico borderlands. The contemporary narcocorrido is shown as a commercialized rendering of local traditions of resistance against oppression and poverty. Ethnic roots of the music genre are exploited for marketing celebratory and heroic representations of drug related violence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trier (Tyskland): Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015. 197-211 p.
, Mosaic, 57
Keyword [en]
Ballad form, US-Mexico border, Violence
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Languages and Literature Cultural Studies Performing Art Studies Studies on Film
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology; English; Musicology; Romance Languages; History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267971ISBN: 978-3-86821-630-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267971DiVA: diva2:875213
German Research Foundation (DFG)
Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2016-01-23

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