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Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora (American Musicspheres) Hardcover – May 3, 2012
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"A masterpiece! Silverman's work is of tremendous importance for anyone interested in the Romani people, the Balkans, and also anthropology, ethnology, gender, music, performance, creativity, diasporas, and the nature of life as it is lived." -- Victor A. Friedman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago
"Carol Silverman's book addresses the central question of how a group can be reviled and its music adored. This theoretically masterful, ethnographically rich account of Romani music offers new insights into the culture of a diasporic, marginalized group through a compelling account of the challenges musicians face to change and sustain traditions in multiple contexts including socialist and post-socialist state politics. It is crucial reading for anyone interested in human rights and cultural identity."-- Amy Shuman, Professor of Folklore, The Ohio State University
"Silverman's book features a superb companion web page with photographs and video clips that illustrate many of her points...Highly recommended." --Choice
"Carol Silverman does not disappoint with this long-awaited volume, a synthesis of a lifetime of research. Romani Routes is a recommended read for students interested in Romani music and a welcome complement to ethnomusicological literature on the Balkans." --Ethnomusicology
"Impressive in its scope, depth, and the sheer duration of Silverman's research, Romani Routes is an important work that will undoubtedly prove indispensible to scholars exploring issues of Romani rights, music, culture, and identity, as well as those interested in the cultural politics of postsocialist Eastern Europe and issues of hybridity, transnationalism, globalization, and commodification. With its accessible, narrative-driven style, this book will be a valuable resource for musicians and listeners of Romani music alike. Its supplementary website includes hundreds of additional texts, photographs, and audio-visual examples that help to visually and sonically locate the narratives. Romani Routes is a monumental piece of scholarship that represents a significant and timely contribution to the disciplines of folklore and ethnomusicology."--Journal of Folklore Research
About the Author
Carol Silverman, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Oregon, has been involved with Romani culture for over 25 years as a researcher, teacher, activist, and performer. Her numerous articles have appeared in anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies publications.
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