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Sonic Politics

Music and Social Movements in the Americas, 1st Edition

Edited by Olaf Kaltmeier, Wilfried Raussert

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256 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This volume analyses the narration of the social through music and the seismographic function of music to detect social problems and envision alternatives.

Beyond state-driven attempts to link musical production to the official narrative of the nation, mass musical movements emerged during the 20th century that provided countercultural and alternative narratives of the social context. The Americas contain numerous examples of the strong connection between music and politics; Woody Guthrie’s 'This Land is Your Land' envisioned a socialist transformation of the U.S., the Chilean Nueva Canción created a narrative and affective frame for the recognition of popular culture as a central element of the cultural politics of the Chilean way to socialism and Reggae emerged as a response to British colonialism, drawing inspiration and guidance from the pan-Africanist visions of Marcus Garvey.

Providing a significant contribution to the study of music and politics/social movements from an inter-American perspective, this book will appeal to students and scholars of U.S. and Latin American Cultural Studies, Transnational Studies, History and Political Studies, Area Studies, and Music Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Sonic Politics: Music and the Narration of the Social in the Americas from the 1960s to the Present

Olaf Kaltmeier and Wilfried Raussert

Chapter 1 – Singing Resistance, Rebellion, and Revolution into Being: Collective Political Action and Song"

Helen Cordes and Eric Selbin

Chapter 2 – African American Music in the Americas – Slavery, Sounds, and Forms of ‘Knowledge’

Ulfried Reichardt

Chapter 3 – ‘Only a Pawn in their Game?’: Civil Rights Sounding Signatures in the Summer of 1963

Frank Mehring

Chapter 4 – Inter-Public-Agenda-Setting Effect through Political Activism: The Role of Hip Hop Music in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election.

María de los Ángeles Flores, Carol L. Adams-Means, and Maxwell E. McCombs

Chapter 5 – ‘Calling out around the World’: How Soul Music Transnationalized the African American Freedom Struggle in the Black Power Era (1965-1975)

Matti Steinitz

Chapter 6 – ‘Si Una Vez’: Chicana Sensibilities and Xicanista Soundscapes

Miriam Strube

Chapter 7 – Hip Hop in Ciudad Juarez: A Form of Political Participation

María del Carmen de la Peza C.

Chapter 8 – The Fandango Sin Fronteras Movement and Sonic Migrations: Performing Community across Borders.

Wilfried Raussert

Chapter 9 – The Search for a New Collective Epic in Nicaragua’s Post-Revolutionary Music

Luis E. Duarte

Chapter 10 – Rockin’ for Pachamama: Political Struggle and the Narration of History in Ecuadorian Rock Music

Olaf Kaltmeier

Chapter 11 – Punk is Dead. Or is it? Strategies of Subcultural Positioning in the (Re-)Making of the Punk Movement

Martin Butler

Chapter 12 – Political Pie-Throwing: Dead Kennedys and the Yippie-Punk Continuum

Michael Stewart Foley

About the Editors

Olaf Kaltmeier is Professor of Latinamerican History at Bielefeld University. He is Director of the Centre for Interamerican Studies in Bielefeld and Director of CALAS (Centre for Advanced Latinamerican Studies) at Bielefeld University. His research interests include heritage studies, indigenous movements, and Interamerican studies. He is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas 2019) and co-editor of the Routledge series InterAmerican Research: Contact, Communication, Conflict.

Wilfried Raussert is Chair and Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies and Co-Director of Inter-American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. He is the founder and general editor of the e-journal fiar (forum for inter-American research, www.interamerica.de), the online journal of the International Association of Inter-American Studies. He is Director of the International Association of Inter-American Studies and Chair of the research project "Entangled Americas/The Americas as Space of Entanglement(s)" at Bielefeld University, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Mississippi, the Universidad de Guadalajara, Humboldt University in Berlin, and University College Cork. He is the editor of the Routledge Companion to Interamerican Studies (2017).

About the Series

InterAmerican Research: Contact, Communication, Conflict

InterAmerican Research: Contact, Communication, Conflict

The Americas are shaped by a multitude of dynamics which have extensive, conflictive and at times contradictory consequences for society, culture, politics and the environment. These processes are embedded within a history of interdependence and mutual observation between North and South which originates in the conquest and simultaneous ‘invention’ of America by European colonial powers.

The series will challenge the ways we think about the Americas, in particular, and the concept of area studies, in general. Put simply, the series perceives the Americas as transversally related, chronotopically entangled and multiply interconnected. In its critical positioning at the crossroads of area studies and cultural studies the series aims to push further the postcolonial, postnational, and cross-border turns in recent studies of the Americas toward a model of horizontal dialogue between cultures, areas, and disciplines.

The series pursues the goal to ‘think the Americas different’ and to explore these phenomena from transregional as well as interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General