An ethnography of emerging Latino music scenes

Joseph A. Kotarba, Jennifer L. Fackler, Kathryn M. Nowotny

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We report on an ethnographic study of three emerging scenes in which Latino music is produced, performed, experienced, and celebrated in Houston, Texas: rock en Español, gay Latino dance music, and professional soccer supporters' music. Music is an important feature of Latino culture, since it informs migration, citizenship, spirituality, and other aspects of the contemporary Latino experience. Three interactionist concepts inform this study. The concept of scene directs our attention to the comprehensive social worlds driven by Latino music. The concept of idioculture directs our attention to the ways audience members experience Latino music within everyday life small groups. The concept of place directs our attention to how Latino music creates new locations to anchor the self in reference to country of origin, present music communities, or possible symbolic locations such as America or La Raza. We conclude with suggestions for a revised interactionist concept of music scene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-333
Number of pages24
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 14 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Global music
  • Latino music
  • Popular music
  • Rock en Español
  • Self-identity
  • Social scene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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