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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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“This Is Our Música, Guy!”:

“This Is Our Música, Guy!”:

Tejanos and Ethno/Regional Musical Nationalism

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(p.111) 6 “This Is Our Música, Guy!”:
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Transnational Encounters
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José E. Limón

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735921.003.0006

Abstract: This chapter takes a somewhat testimonial tone to tell us how the author has witnessed the rise of an anti-Mexican rhetoric among Tejano groups that resonates with the larger anti-immigrant sentiment that has flourished in the U.S. in the last 15 years. The author shows how music and the ideas of loyalty and authenticity linked to it play a fundamental role in the validation of these discourses, as Mexican-American politicians in Texas capitalize on the Tejano fans's anxiety that their favorite music might be changing due to the growing influences of the norteña music favored by new Mexican immigrants.

Keywords:   Tejano, nationalism, immigrants

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