5401 Sewell Social Science Bldg.
Areas of Focus
Cultural anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Brazil
Center for Visual Cultures (CVC)
Chican@ and Latin@ Studies (CLS) Program
Global Music and Sound Studies Initiative
Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS)
My research focuses on the cultural politics of music in the Recife, Brazil. I examine how local musicians, bureaucrats, and other city residents participate in musical activities and how they imagine these in relationship to various forms of local and inter/national identity, economic circumstances, and political discourses. By contrasting how people produce, consume, and evaluate a constellation of contemporary and folklorized music genres, I argue that music is significant well beyond its entertainment value. Instead, I demonstrate music as a medium through which various actors negotiate and create notions of belonging, social stratification, and locality. As I develop my book project, I am focusing on how independent musicians broadly working with rock-influenced styles are managing the country’s recent economic downturn in ways that echo global trends, but which are also anchored to the particularities of Recife and Brazil.
- Anthropology 104: Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
- Anthropology 300: Theory and Ethnography
- Anthropology 330: Race and Culture in Brazil
- Anthropology 430: Language and Culture
- Anthropology 860: A History of Anthropological Theory
- Anthropology 940: Culture and the State in Latin America
2012. “The Ins and Outs of Cultura: How Bands Voice Their Relationships to the State-Sponsored Music Scene in Recife, Brazil.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 24 (4): 532–53.
Enriquez, Falina. 2018. “Business, Transnationalism, and Patrimony: Comparing Entrepreneurial Musicians in Recife, Pernambuco.” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, vol. 43, no.1, 2018: 6-27.
Enriquez, Falina. In press. “Tempered hopes: (Re)producing the Middle Class in Recife’s Alternative Music Scene.” In Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair and Resistance in Brazil after the Pink Tide, Alvaro Jarrin, Lucia Cantor, Benjamin Junge, Sean T. Mitchell, eds. Rutgers: Rutgers University Press.
Enriquez, Falina. 2021. Recife Antigo: The Downsides of Upgrading Tourist Destinations.” The Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) (blog). April 21. http://atig.americananthro.org/recife-antigo/