The Popular Revisited through a Polyphonic Overview: An Introduction
EDUARDO GONZÁLEZ CASTILLO, JORGE PANTALEÓN AND NURIA CARTON DE GRAMMONT
Politics, Culture and Economy in Popular Practices in the Americas is a compilation of studies addressing the concept of the popular from different perspectives. Its contributors are researchers also having diverse academic profiles. They pose diverse questions about the persistence and scope of the popular through reflections drawing both on everyday life and how everyday people employ and understand the term; by examining the place of the popular within the consolidation of global societies and in the evolution of the study of the popular in academic thinking. In the latter, the present work can be seen as a response to the silencing and condemnation of popular culture studies in Latin America beginning from the nineteen-nineties, and particularly during the boom of Latin Americanist cultural studies. Thus, although the different chapters of this book explore the practices of populations from the whole of the Americas, the reflections on the popular presented here should be read in conjunction with the conception of popular culture common in Latin America.1 In this region, the use of this notion has been strongly (but not exclusively) associated with Gramscian thought and has been used almost exclusively to refer to the cultural practices of the dominated or, as they are also frequently described, as subaltern groups. Consistent with this, we understand the popular as a set of practices and motives which often appear when the question is invoked of how inequality...
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