L. Shane Greene, "Peruvian Punk Music as Global Underproduction" L. Shane Greene, "Peruvian Punk Music as Global Underproduction" http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/259341Chase Auditorium2014-03-25T16:30:002014-03-25T18:00:00
March 25, 4:30PM–6:00PM
Distinguished Visitor L. Shane Greene, A ssociate Professor and Director for Lati n American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University
Abstract: Parting from the context of Lima, Peru’s 1980s underground rock scene Greene developed a theory of punk as a means of global underproduction and discursive undercutting. The aim is to think of punk in contrast to understandings of capitalist tendencies toward over-production, the specifically aesthetic dimensions that over-production takes within cultural industries, and the ways punk production becomes tied to irruptive discourses of disregard for public norms. I explore this theoretical framework by analyzing one of the Lima underground’s most iconic examples, the band Narcosis’ demo cassette first recorded in a garage in 1985. Details of its past and present lives of production and circulation – then on pirated cassette; now on US-produced vinyl - as well as its discursive message reveal the relativity of what punk means at different moments and in different contexts.
Profile: Stated broadly, Greene's research interests lie at the intersection of urban subcultures, ethnicity, environment, and the politics of culture in the Latin American context. While he has conducted research in multiple different contexts and on diverse topics there exists an underlying interest in movements for social justice and political transformation. This work is driven by a long-standing interest in social theory. In past research Greene conducted extensive fieldwork in the upper Peruvian Amazon. The result is a recently published book titled Customizing Indigeneity about the indigenous Amazonian movement. The book is an ethnographic history of the role of the Amazonian movement in Peruvian politics and culture. And it examines indigenous politics in this context by offering a novel theoretical framework via the concept of customization and a critical reading of contemporary debates about forms of anthropological engagement with subaltern populations.
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