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Punk and Revolution

Seven More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality

By Shane Greene

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Format: Paperback, 248 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2016
In Punk and Revolution Shane Greene radically uproots punk from its iconic place in First World urban culture, Anglo popular music, and the Euro-American avant-garde, situating it instead as a crucial element in Peru's culture of subversive militancy and political violence. Inspired by Jose Carlos Mariategui's Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality, Greene explores punk's political aspirations and subcultural possibilities while complicating the dominant narratives of the war between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state. In these seven essays, Greene experiments with style and content, bends the ethnographic genre, and juxtaposes the textual and visual. He theorizes punk in Lima as a mode of aesthetic and material underproduction, rants at canonical cultural studies for its failure to acknowledge punk's potential for generating revolutionary politics, and uncovers the intersections of gender, ethnicity, class, and authenticity in the Lima punk scene. Following the theoretical interventions of Debord, Benjamin, and Bakhtin, Greene fundamentally redefines how we might think about the creative contours of punk subculture and the politics of anarchist praxis.

Table of Contents

Thanks Go To . . . ix Warning! 1 Interpretation #1 / On the Risks of Underground Rock Production 7 Interpretation #2 / El Problema de la Sub-Tierra 45 Interpretation #3 / El Problema del Pituco 52 Re:Interpretation #4 / The Tongue Is a Fire, an Agent, a Traitor 83 Interpretation #5 / The Worth of Art in Three Stages of Underproduction 112 Interpretation #6 / A Series of Situations Resulting in X 151 Interprestation #7 / Hot Revolution with Punk Pancakes (a drunken dialogue) 188 PS! 205 Notes 211 Bibliography 219 Index 225

About the Author

Shane Greene is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University and the author of Customizing Indigeneity: Paths to a Visionary Politics in Peru.


"Is this work a serious academic query into the impact of punk as a political statement or a ludic, subversive challenge to the reader to question authority on all levels without adhering to any dogma? Most likely, it is both." -- Ana Torres * Journal of Global South Studies * "Shane Greene's Punk and Revolution is an impressive and important book. It has interesting things to say about punk as a musical style and subculture, and perhaps more importantly as a disposition, an aesthetic, and a political project." -- Paulo Drinot * The Americas * "Shane Greene offers a welcome enlightenment and dignity to a geo-obscurant adjunct in punk rock history, one which may be historically discredited as simply unruly but, in light of Punk and Revolution, has a revolutionary intellectualism/activism that is both singular to its culture and significant in its universal engagement. An amazing read." -- Thurston Moore "Shane Greene's pioneering book exudes a brilliant, destructive punk energy. It's a screamed prose-theory-anthropology-zine-poem to punk, and a daring mosh pit stage dive of an experimental ethnography" -- Orin Starn, coeditor of * The Peru Reader *

EAN: 9780822362746
ISBN: 0822362740
Publisher: Duke University Press
Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.24 x 1.52 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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