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by Jesse Walker

Monday, March 03, 2008
THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU: I have an
interview with an anthropologist on the Reason site today, pegged to tomorrow's Texas primary. An excerpt from the intro:
The anthropologist Margaret Dorsey has listened to lots of lyrics like these -- though this is the first time she's heard someone combine a corrido, a specific kind of ballad frequently used in South Texas political campaigns, with Mexican mariachi music. "This is insane," she laughs as she hears the song over the phone. "I can't wait to listen to it at home. It sounds like a wonderful example of cultural hybridity and innovation."

Dorsey has spent a lifetime surrounded by borderlands politics and borderlands music. The daughter of a now-retired Texas judge, she attended her first rally when she was five. More recently, she spent several years researching and writing Pachangas (2006), an intriguing study of the intersection between music, marketing, and politics along the Texas-Mexico border. It focuses on the pachanga, a local institution whose forms range from family barbeques with musical entertainment to choreographed commercial spectacles sponsored by Budweiser, Ace Hardware, and other multinational firms.


posted by Jesse 10:47 PM
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