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In this thesis I argue that a weekly baile (dance) in Quincy, Florida, constitutes a symbolic process of unification in the Mexican diaspora and that music functions as a symbol of shared substance in the creation of kinship. I examine the lives of some of the people who make up the Mexican diasporic community of Quincy and musical performance and social issues found in the community. I also discuss processes of reciprocity involved in the creation of musical symbolism, which creates a shared substance on which new kin relationships are established.
Mexican Music, TROPI-NORTEÑO, Cumbia, Social Drama
Date of Defense
August 20, 2008.
A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Dale A. Olsen, Professor Directing Thesis; Frank Gunderson, Committee Member; Joseph Hellweg, Outside Committee Member.
Florida State University
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