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Through The Othering Gaze: Yucatecan Trova Music And The Tourist In Yucatán, Mexico

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This chapter looks at the politics surrounding the construction of trova as 'heritage' and the way in which those engaged in this construction rely on the image of 'the tourist', a foreigner who may come looking for the 'authentic' culture of Yucatán. The trova community had in the recent past a place of privilege in the public stages of Yucatán state, but as of 2001 new cultural policies favouring the funding and promotion of 'high culture' have placed 'popular culture', including trova music, in disadvantage. These new policies are having an important impact on the performance and representation of Yucatecan trova music, which is changing rapidly to adapt to the new politically-driven cultural milieu. Trova, according to many Yucatecans and to the cultural authorities, can represent Yucatán and Yucatecans in a distinct and positive light, both within and outside the boundaries of this state of Mexico.

Keywords: cultural policies; heritage; Mexico; politics; tourist; Yucatán state; Yucatecan trova music

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