Falina Enriquez

Assistant Professor



5401 Sewell Social Science Bldg.

Carillon Tower in front of Sewell Social Science Building


Falina Enriquez CV

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

Selected publications

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/