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Django Generations: Hearing Ethnorace, Citizenship, and Jazz Manouche in France

Siv B. Lie


Jazz manouche—a genre known best for its energetic, guitar-centric swing tunes—is among France’s most celebrated musical practices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It centers on the recorded work of famed guitarist Django Reinhardt and is named for the ethnoracial subgroup of Romanies (also known, often pejoratively, as “Gypsies”) to which Reinhardt belonged. French Manouches are publicly lauded as bearers of this jazz tradition, and many take pleasure and pride in the practice while at the same time facing pervasive discrimination. Jazz manouche uncovers a contradiction at the hea ... More

Keywords: jazz manouche, France, Romanies, jazz, race, ambivalence, difference, Django Reinhardt, citizenship, discrimination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226810812
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226810959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Siv B. Lie, author
University of Maryland