The ethnography of hip-hop nostalgia: Indigeneity, intimacy and “roots” in Mexico

Green, A. (2017) The ethnography of hip-hop nostalgia: Indigeneity, intimacy and “roots” in Mexico. Suomen Antropologi, 42(2), pp. 43-59.

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Abstract

This article explores the ways that hip hop musicians in Mexico City use their creative practice to perpetuate musical traditions associated with indigenous and national identity. Using the connected concepts of ‘cultural intimacy’ and ‘structural nostalgia’ it highlights how, while hip hop was explicitly used to critique Mexican neoliberalism, hip hop recording practices reflected some of the economic and ideological conditions created by neoliberal economic policy, and the historical ‘invention’ of Mexican cultural ‘roots’ in the period after the Mexican Revolution (1910–20). This article looks to bring out two main points: first, the ways that writing, recording, and performing songs formed a locus for sociality among rap musicians, and second, that the interaction between the ethnographer and these musicians opens up possibilities for experiences of social discomfort, as well as bonhomie, that can help to foreground the different cultural intimacies to which these actors are accustomed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Green, Dr Andrew
Authors: Green, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Suomen Antropologi
Publisher:The Finnish Anthropological Society
ISSN:0355-3930
ISSN (Online):1799-8972
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Suomen Antropologi 42(2):43-59
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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