Association for Feminist Anthropology
Retrospective - Oral Presentation Session
This presentation focuses on a highly popular genre of Mexican music referred to as “La Canción Ranchera,” an expressive musical form intimately associated with Mexican cultural identity. For years, early scholarship on this genre tended to base their interpretations on literal readings of the ranchera texts and produced a view of Mexican men as overly passionate, irrational, macho, alcoholic, and fatalistic. Moreover, they failed to account for women's participation as performers, composers, and consumers of rancheras.