Flamenco by William Washabaugh
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By William Washabaugh


Passion, Politics and Popular Culture

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Flamenco by William Washabaugh

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Flamenco is renowned for its passion and flamboyance. Yet because it generates such visceral responses, it is often overlooked as a site for subtler discourses.This absorbing book articulates powerful and convincing arguments on such key subjects as ethnicity, irony, authenticity, the body and resistance. Franco's 'politics of original sin' had left its mark on every aspect of Spanish life between 1936 and 1975, and flamenco music was no exception. Although widely portrayed as an apolitical, even frivolous form of entertainment, flamenco is shown here to have played a role in both the strategies of Franco's supporters and of those who opposed him. The author explores how the meaning of flamenco shifts according to the social, cultural and historical contexts within which it appears. In so doing, he demonstrates that flamenco is an ideal subject for analyzing the construction and appropriation of popular culture, given the way in which it was developed for middle-class audiences, converted into grand spectacle, and conscripted to serve political ends.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859731765
ISBN-10: 1859731767
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain by William Washabaugh Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain, Hardback (March 2012)

Explores the efforts of the government in southern Spain to establish flamenco music as a significant patrimonial symbol and marker of cultural identity. Further, this title aims to show that these Andalusian efforts form part of the ambitious project of rethinking the nation-state of Spain, and of reconsidering the nature of national identity.

Passion of Music and Dance by William Washabaugh Passion of Music and Dance, Hardback (June 1998)

The late 19th century witnessed the birth and popularization of a number of highly emotional music styles. This work explores flamenco, tango and rebetika, and points out that they arose as well-intentioned intellectuals co-opted the emotional experiences most closely associated with women.

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Author Biography - William Washabaugh

William Washabaugh Professor of Anthropology,University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

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