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Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folcloricos from Lisbon to Newark

Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folcloricos from Lisbon to Newark

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Through the lens of expressive culture, Performing Folklore tracks Portugal's transition from fascism to democracy, and from imperial metropole to EEC member state. Kimberly DaCosta Holton examines the evolution and significance of ranchos folclóricos, groups of amateur musicians and dancers who perform turn-of-the-century popular tradition and have acted as cultural barometers of change throughout 20th-century Portugal. She investigates the role that these folklore groups played in the mid-twentieth-century dictatorship, how they fell out of official favor with the advent of democracy, and why they remain so popular in Portugal's post-authoritarian state, especially in emigrant and diasporic communities. Holton looks at music, dance, costume, repertoire, venue, and social interplay in both local and global contexts. She considers the importance of revivalist folklore in the construction and preservation of national identity in the face of globalization. This book embraces invented tradition as process rather than event, presenting an ethnography not only of folkloric revivalism but also of sweeping cultural transformation, promoted alternately by authoritarianism, democracy, emigration, and European unification.

Author: Kimberly Dacosta Holton
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 10/20/2005
Pages: 312
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.09lbs
Size: 9.36h x 6.08w x 0.82d
ISBN: 9780253218315

Review Citation(s):
Choice 06/01/2006 pg. 1832

About the Author

Kimberly DaCosta Holton is Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rutgers University, Newark.

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