Immigrant voices in Latin American music: an exploration into the local music culture of San Antonio, Texas




Lopez-Mobilia, Christina E.

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This research thesis examined the research problem which is focused on the identity and hybridization among Latino American immigrants in the San Antonio music scene. The significance of this problem is relevant to sociological research due to the increasing flow of Latino American immigrants settling in the San Antonio area. By using the theory of border culture hybridity to analyze sensitizing concepts in the data from qualitative interviews, there is evidence of the mechanism of hybridization. Data gathered from interviews reveal that Latino American immigrants' participation in music is closely related to other sociological factors: political action, identity, space and place, and social differentiation. The results and implications of this research study contribute to the field by highlighting and illuminating how culture and immigration are intricately fused.


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Cultural Studies, Immigration, Music Performances