Established Latino music scenes: Sense of place and the challenge of authenticity

Kathryn M. Nowotny, Jennifer L. Fackler, Gianncarlo Muschi, Carol Vargas, Lindsey Wilson, Joseph A. Kotarba

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We report on an ethnographic study of four established music scenes in which Latino music is produced, performed, experienced, and celebrated in Houston, Texas: conjunto, mariachi, salsa, and Latin jazz. This paper builds upon previous work that has examined emergent music scenes in Houston by incorporating three distinctly interactionist concepts - the scene, idioculture, and place - to illustrate established scenes. Our examination demonstrates that authenticity is a distinctly sociological concept, one that provides valuable insight into understanding the meanings that music has for the everyday actor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-50
Number of pages22
JournalStudies in Symbolic Interaction
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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