This volume brings together the work of social scientists and music scholars examining the role of migrant and migrant descended communities in the production and consumption of popular music in Europe and North America.
The contributions to the collection include studies of language and local identity in hip hop in Liege and Montreal; the politics of Mexican folk music in Los Angeles; the remaking of ethnic boundaries in Naples; the changing meanings of Tango in the Argentine diaspora and of Alevi music among Turks in Germany; the history of Soca in Brooklyn; and the recreation of ‘American’ culture by the children of immigrants on the Broadway stage. Taken together, these works demonstrate how music affords us a window onto local culture, social relations and community politics in the diverse cities of immigrant receiving societies.
Music is often one of the first arenas in which populations encounter newcomers, a place where ideas about identity can be reformulated and reimagined, and a field in which innovation and hybridity are often highly valued. This book highlights why it is a subject worthy of more attention from students of racial and ethnic relations in diverse societies. It was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Introduction: Music, migration and the city
Philip Kasinitz and Marco Martiniello
1. Harlem Calypso and Brooklyn Soca: Caribbean Carnival music in the diaspora
2. "Immigrants! We get the Job Done!": newcomers remaking America on Broadway
3. Think global, act Argentine! tango émigrés and the search for artistic authenticity
4. Music and migration among the Alevi immigrants from Turkey in Germany
5. Cultural, ethnic and political dimensions of Mediterraneaness in Neapolitan contemporary music: from a discursive transformation in sounds and lyrics to mobilization against Salvini’s Lega
6. Franglais in a post-rap world: audible minorities and anxiety about mixing in Québec
Bob W. White
7. How did son jarocho become a music for the immigrant rights movement?
8. Music and the political expression and mobilization of second and third-generation immigrants in urban Europe: insights from Liège (Belgium)
Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.