In Tigers of a Different Stripe, Sydney Hutchinson places gender at the center of the most salient issues in Latin American musicology and ethnomusicology: race, class, transnationalism, and the tensions between modernity and tradition. As she explains, the Spanish word “género” means both “gender” and “genre,” illustrating their intertwined relationship. Citing the heavily influential work of scholars such as Susan McClary, Ellen Koskoff, and Jane Sugarman, Hutchinson notes that feminist scholarship and gender studies have permeated the field to the extent that most writers now commonly include chapters or sections on gender. She also claims, however, that “very few ethnographies have considered gender more broadly” and that “in-depth studies that consider gender as a principal foundation for all music making (not just that of women) remain rare” (p. 11). In-depth, gender-focused ethnographies within Latin Americanist music scholarship specifically are even more rare. Hutchinson frames Tigers not as a feminist...
Review: Tigers of a Different Stripe: Performing Gender in Dominican Music, by Sydney Hutchinson
JEANNELLE RAMIREZ is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin working on Latinx and Latin American popular music. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in bridging experimentalism and tradition in performance, production, and transmedia practices, in live and virtual settings, as a means of forging new modes of cultural belonging. Her other research interests include technology, online community, copyright, labor, gender, race, and ethnicity.
Jeannelle Ramirez; Review: Tigers of a Different Stripe: Performing Gender in Dominican Music, by Sydney Hutchinson. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 August 2018; 71 (2): 541–546. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2018.71.2.541
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