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Title:Making popular music in Cuba: A study of the Cuban institutions of musical production and the musical life of Santiago de Cuba
Author(s):Robbins, James Lawrence
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Nettl, Bruno
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Anthropology, Cultural
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:This is a study of the effect of revolutionary political and economic change on musical life and style in Cuba. Part I discusses questions of theory and methodology. The problem is best approached by a comparison of the institutional structure of music making and an ethnographic study, in this case, of Santiago de Cuba. The two may be compared by examination of system, of classification, or musical taxonomy. Part II describes institutional structures pertaining to general cultural policy, the employment of musicians, mass media, systems of evaluation. Mass organizations which include musicians are also discussed, particularly with respect to their role in mediating distinctions of professionals and amateurs. Part III describes musical life in Santiago. Types of venues and groups are discussed; and they provide the background for an analysis of musical genres. This analysis focusses on the ways in which distinctions among genres are made, and notes how not only musical genres, but the criteria to by which they are classified are means of establishing social identities and distinctions. Part IV summarizes some of the ways in which institutional structures and musical life are related, and considers especially the relation between institutional and non-institutional systems of classification. Some note is also made of stylistic change, and the extent to which it may be attributed to revolutionary social change.*
*Originally published in DAI Vol. 51, No. 12. Reprinted here with correct abstract.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Robbins, James Lawrence
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114389
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114389

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