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Punk and Revolution

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.
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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

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


"Punk and Revolution provides a welcome salvo in the struggle to prise analyses of punk away from their Anglo-American moorings, and Greene's approach in doing so provides an exemplar for all the punkademics out there who see the need to jettison academia's arcane and conservative traditions, while retaining the essence of ethnographic rigour and critical analysis." -- Jim Donaghey * Anthropological Forum * "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 *

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