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Latino Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 164–186 | Cite as

Blurring boundaries in Rosedale Park: The importance of the Tejano Conjunto festival on the transnational dissemination of traditional Texas-Mexican accordion music

  • Erin BauerEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

The contemporary transnational dissemination of Texas-Mexican accordion music has corresponded closely with the rise in prominence of the Tejano Conjunto Festival, sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio and, since 1982, held annually at Rosedale Park. In modern popular culture, the ease of transnational mobilization—here characterized by global participation in a local music festival—effectively blurs traditional boundaries of class, ethnicity, language, and location. However, this notion of inclusivity masks problematic and long-lasting hegemonies. Simultaneously, it shifts the historiographic narrative of conjunto as cultural resistance (within a tightly constrained notion of Texas-Mexican culture).

Keywords

Festival Conjunto Tejano Globalization Transnationalism Cultural identity 

Difusión de fronteras en Rosedale Park: La importancia del Tejano Conjunto Festival en la diseminación transnacional de la música de acordeón tradicional texana americana

Resúmen

Ha habido una estrecha correspondencia entre la diseminación transnacional contemporánea de la música tex-mex con acordeón y el auge del Tejano Conjunto Festival, un evento auspiciado por el Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center en San Antonio que desde 1982 se celebra anualmente en Rosedale Park. En la cultura popular moderna, la facilidad de la movilización transnacional—en este caso caracterizada por la participación global en un festival de música local—eficazmente difumina las fronteras tradicionales de clase, etnicidad, idioma y localización. Sin embargo, este elemento de inclusión esconde hegemonías problemáticas y perdurables. Al mismo tiempo, también cambia la narrativa historiográfica de conjunto como resistencia cultural (dentro de una noción estrecha y restringida de la cultura texana americana).

Palabras clave

Festival Conjunto Tejano Globalización Transnacionalismo Identidad cultural 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to David Gonzalez and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center for providing access to information and materials related to the Tejano Conjunto Festival, as well as to Juan Tejeda and the many musicians and conjunto fans from around the world who graciously agreed to share their experiences with me.

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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWhitewaterUSA

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