Center for Latin American Studies, Spring 2023 Charlas con Café – a weekly space to hear lectures from a wide variety of experts and discuss topics relevant to the Latin American region, Fridays from 1-2 p.m.
This presentation will summarize insights from the book, The Costs of the Gig Economy: Musical Entrepreneurs and the Cultural Politics of Inequality in Northeastern Brazil (2022, University of Illinois Press). The book compares the lives of music professionals who work in various traditional and contemporary genres. These artists have increasingly had to become more entrepreneurial due to specific cultural policies, market pressures, and the normalization of temporary, unstable gig work. It reveals that ostensibly neutral market solutions—and the ideologies that uphold these—reinforce and generate overlapping racial and class-based inequalities.
Dr. Enriquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a BA in anthropology from the University of Arizona and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Enriquez studies music and language as an ensemble, one that sheds light on how people construct the world and emplace themselves—and others—within it. This anthropological perspective is also in dialogue with other disciplines, including ethnomusicology, Latin American studies, and cultural studies. Since 2009, Dr. Enriquez has focused on the cultural politics of music in Recife, Brazil, a city long known as a uniquely musical place. Her work has examined how various kinds of people practically, artistically, and politically respond to socioeconomic processes like neoliberalism, precarity, and structural inequality.
This Charla will only be on Zoom.