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Voices of Drought: The Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil

Michael B. Silvers


Voices of Drought is an ethnomusicological study of relationships between popular music, the environmental and social costs of drought, and the politics of culture and climate vulnerability in the northeast region of Brazil, primarily the state of Ceará. The book traces the articulations of music and sound with drought as a discourse, a matter of politics, and a material reality. It encompasses multiple entwined issues, including ecological exile, poverty, and unequal access to vital resources such as water, along with corruption, prejudice, unbridled capitalism, and rapidly expanding neoliber ... More

Keywords: Brazil, Ceará, ethnomusicology, ecomusicology, environmental justice, drought, forró, soundscapes, sound studies, cultural policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042089
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael B. Silvers, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign