Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Music - 177 pages
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Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain explores the efforts of the current government in southern Spain to establish flamenco music as a significant patrimonial symbol and marker of cultural identity. Further, it aims to demonstrate 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. A salient theme in this book is that the development of notions of style and identity are mediated by social institutions. Specifically, the book documents the development of flamenco's musical style by tracing the genre's development, between 1880 and 1980, and demonstrating the manner in which the now conventional characterization of the flamenco style was mediated by krausist, modernist, and journalist institutions. Just as importantly, it identifies two recent institutional forces, that of audio recording and cinema, that promote a concept of musical style that sharply contrasts with the conventional notion. By emphasizing the importance of forward-looking notions of style and identity, Flamenco Nation makes a strong case for advancing the Spanish experiment in nation-building, but also for re-thinking nationalism and cultural identity on a global scale.
 

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Contents

Heritage Music
1
The Musical Style Called Flamenco
13
Indications of Flamenco
19
Flamenco Hybridity
27
Flamenco Transgressions
37
Three Legs
53
Autonomous Flamenco
81
Flamenco Cinema
105
Studio Flamenco
123
The Agony of Andalucia
145
UNESCO and Flamenco
153
Bibliography
155
Index
169
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Professor Emeritus William Washabaugh, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

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