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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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Reggae on the Border

Reggae on the Border

The Possibilities of a Frontera Soundscape

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Transnational Encounters

Luis Alvarez

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the political and cultural possibilities and limits of the wide-ranging reggae scene that has emerged along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border since the 1990s. It investigates why and how members of seemingly disparate border communities, including Mexicanas/os, Chicanas/os, and Native Americans, find common social and political ground playing Afro-Caribbean inspired music. It also interrogates how people living in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have responded to the impact of economic and political globalization by using reggae to fashion multi-ethnic and post-national political formations and social relationships at the grassroots.

Keywords:   reggae, grassroots politics, Mexicanas/os, Chicanas/os, Native Americans

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