‘“Demo” and “cracy”’: music, trust, and authentication in Mexico’s 2018 elections

Green, A. (2021) ‘“Demo” and “cracy”’: music, trust, and authentication in Mexico’s 2018 elections. Cultural Studies, (doi: 10.1080/09502386.2021.1978518) (Early Online Publication)

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Taking as its focal point the Mexican national elections of 2018, this article explores how music, often circulated in the form of online videos, has responded to low political trust in an emerging multiparty system. It explores home-made videos made to foment trust in the election’s eventual victor, and a project funded by the National Electoral Institute (INE) to use rap to facilitate informed participation in the elections. It engages with the literature on musical ‘authenticity’ to discuss what it explores as two forms of musical ‘authentication’: one personal, which authenticates or vouch for individual political leaders, and another systemic, looking to foment legitimacy by supporting voters’ ability to verify political claims. This article thus contributes to the understanding of political systems undergoing democratic transitions, arguing for attention to democratization as an affective, creative, and multiple process.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
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:Cultural Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-4348
Published Online:21 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Cultural Studies 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300054Sonic Trajectories of Censorship in Mexico (STCM)Andrew GreenLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)ECF-2017-159Arts - Music