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Tigers of a Different Stripe: Performing Gender in Dominican Music

Sydney Hutchinson


This feminist-oriented ethnography of Dominican gender performance focuses on masculinity and femininity in accordion-based merengue típico while also touching on cross-dressing and queer performance in other popular genres like bachata, reggaetón, orquesta merengue, merengue de calle, and fusion musics. By combining music, movement, video, and literary analysis with oral history, Tigers offers a new model for the holistic study of gender, while demonstrating the importance of local feminisms and local musics for understanding as well as destabilizing traditional notions of gender and genre. A ... More

Keywords: Dominican Republic, Caribbean music, merengue típico, gender, performance, ethnomusicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226405322
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sydney Hutchinson, author
Syracuse University