Colombian Connections: Tracing the Boundaries of the Colombian Musical ImagiNation
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book presents a study of Colombian popular music, ethnoracial identity, gender, and the transnational U.S.-Colombian community. It argues that that Colombian popular music provides a common space for imagining and enacting Colombian identity outside traditional national borders and in ways not overtly shaped by the scandal and shame of the drug-trafficking trade and violence with which contemporary Colombia is primarily associated. It examines issues of gender, ethnoracial identity, and transnational migration in the work of the Colombian recording artists such as Shakira, Andrea Echeverri (of the group Aterciopelados), and Carlos Vives. It also engages the current debates in American, Latin American, and U.S. Ethnic Studies regarding the academic location and institutional politics of transnational research.
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