Traditional Iranian Music in Irangeles: An Ethnographic Study in Southern California

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Title:
Traditional Iranian Music in Irangeles: An Ethnographic Study in Southern California
Author:
Yaghoubi, Isra
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This study focuses on the musical activities and views of Iranian immigrant artists who perform, teach, and support traditional Iranian music in Los Angeles and Southern California. This geographic area and its interconnected social networks, which I refer to as Irangeles, is part of a diaspora culture industry where music is central to everyday life, but where modern Iranian pop music dominates. Given Iran's historical negative stigma attached to entertainment-oriented music making, and the popularity of entertainment and dance-driven Persian pop in contemporary Irangeles, practitioners of traditional Iranian music express frustration and face challenges in promoting their art, what they feel is an authentic form of Iranian culture. The music they make expresses both personal and cultural values: it is a form of creative expression that presents itself as interwoven with their Iranian identity, reflecting personal and cultural ideals of character in Iranian culture. My findings highlight how Iranian immigrant artists avail themselves of the socio-cultural infrastructure of Irangeles to network with like-minded artists and strategically use satellite TV, online technology and social media to find recognition for, teach, and promote diverse genres of traditional Iranian music in this particular diaspora setting.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
ethnomusicology; Iranian; Los Angeles; music; Persian; Near Eastern Studies; Diaspora
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Near Eastern Studies
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Betteridge, Anne
Committee Chair:
Betteridge, Anne

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleTraditional Iranian Music in Irangeles: An Ethnographic Study in Southern Californiaen_US
dc.creatorYaghoubi, Israen_US
dc.contributor.authorYaghoubi, Israen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study focuses on the musical activities and views of Iranian immigrant artists who perform, teach, and support traditional Iranian music in Los Angeles and Southern California. This geographic area and its interconnected social networks, which I refer to as Irangeles, is part of a diaspora culture industry where music is central to everyday life, but where modern Iranian pop music dominates. Given Iran's historical negative stigma attached to entertainment-oriented music making, and the popularity of entertainment and dance-driven Persian pop in contemporary Irangeles, practitioners of traditional Iranian music express frustration and face challenges in promoting their art, what they feel is an authentic form of Iranian culture. The music they make expresses both personal and cultural values: it is a form of creative expression that presents itself as interwoven with their Iranian identity, reflecting personal and cultural ideals of character in Iranian culture. My findings highlight how Iranian immigrant artists avail themselves of the socio-cultural infrastructure of Irangeles to network with like-minded artists and strategically use satellite TV, online technology and social media to find recognition for, teach, and promote diverse genres of traditional Iranian music in this particular diaspora setting.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectethnomusicologyen_US
dc.subjectIranianen_US
dc.subjectLos Angelesen_US
dc.subjectmusicen_US
dc.subjectPersianen_US
dc.subjectNear Eastern Studiesen_US
dc.subjectDiasporaen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNear Eastern Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBetteridge, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.chairBetteridge, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSturman, Janeten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTalatoff, Kamranen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHudson, Leilaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBetteridge, Anneen_US
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