Activist musicianship, sound, the ‘Other Campaign’ and the limits of public space in Mexico City

Green, A. J. (2016) Activist musicianship, sound, the ‘Other Campaign’ and the limits of public space in Mexico City. Ethnomusicology Forum, 25(3), pp. 345-366. (doi:10.1080/17411912.2016.1236350)

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Abstract

This article explores the interplay between different understandings of music-making in political–cultural events held by pro-Zapatista, left-wing ‘Other Campaign’ activist groups in public spaces across Mexico City. The article argues that, while these groups aimed to use music at such events to disseminate political messages and narratives to varied publics, their use of music as a sonic force was also geared towards the effective occupation of public parks and squares, claiming in practice what Henri Lefebvre characterises as the right to urban space. Nonetheless, in the course of such activity, contradictions emerged between sonic and textual conceptualisations of these musical activities which complicated notions of rights that these activist groups often invoked.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:music, space, activism, politics, zapatismo, Mexico
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Green, Dr Andrew
Authors: Green, A. J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Ethnomusicology Forum
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1741-1912
ISSN (Online):1741-1920
Published Online:27 October 2016

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