Montero Diaz, F (2016) Singing the war: reconfiguring white upper-class identity through fusion music in post-war Lima. Ethnomusicology Forum, 25 (2). pp. 191-209.

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Between 1980 and 2000, Peru was engulfed in an internal war confronting the state and two armed groups, the Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. In the aftermath, violence was replaced by silence along with distrust, disunity and distance between the Andes and Lima, which reinforced social segregation by class, race and ethnicity. This article is informed by interviews conducted during fieldwork in Lima during 2010–11. The article explores the ravages of war as one of the main factors fuelling an apparent Limeño white upper-class desire to integrate with the broader Peruvian population through popular intercultural fusion music. It argues that a sector of white upper-class fusion musicians and audiences link their wishes and dreams to their daily music life, enabling them to change normalised hierarchical worldviews and act accordingly, to move beyond apathy, privilege and delusion. They do so by turning exclusive upper-class concert spaces into political spaces of attempted social reconciliation, liminal spaces to renegotiate identities and political attitudes by musicking and empathetically acknowledging and listening to those historically silenced by hegemony and racism. They make music a technology of self-transformation, a means for the white upper classes to counteract the underlying causes of the violence, which persist.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnomusicology Forum on 30 March 2016, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music Hybridity, Peru, Peruvian Internal War, Upper Classes, Whiteness, Social Reconciliation, Youth Identity
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 15 May 2019 12:37

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