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Transnational EncountersMusic and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border$
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Alejandro L. Madrid

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735921

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735921.001.0001

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Patriotic Citizenship, the Border Wall, and the “El Veterano” Conjunto Festival

Patriotic Citizenship, the Border Wall, and the “El Veterano” Conjunto Festival

(p.207) 11 Patriotic Citizenship, the Border Wall, and the “El Veterano” Conjunto Festival
Transnational Encounters

Margaret E. Dorsey

Miguel Díaz-Barriga

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the performative power of the “El Veterano” Conjunto Festival as a space that allows the construction and maintenance of patriotic networks of identification. The festival and its music remember the loss of Mexican-American lives to defend the U.S. Set against the current local political animosity prompted by the construction of the border wall in South Texas, this chapter takes Lázaro Lima's notion of necro-citizenship as an interpretative tool to argue that for borderland Mexican-Americans these acts, both dying and memorializing the dead through a specific type of Mexican-American music, perform them as valid U.S. citizens.

Keywords:   Conjunto, patriotic citizenship, border wall

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