The Garland Handbook of Latin American Musicis comprised of essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 2, South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Carribean, (1998). Revised and updated, the essays offer detailed, regional studies of the different musical cultures of Latin America and examine the ways in which music helps to define the identity of this particular area.
Part I provides an in-depth introduction to the area of Latin America and describes the history, geography, demography, and cultural settings of the regions that comprise Latin America. It also explores the many ways to research Latin American music, including archaeology, iconography, mythology, history, ethnography, and practice. Part II focuses on issues and processes, such as history, politics, geography, and immigration, which are responsible for the similarities and the differences of each regionâ€™s uniqueness and individuality. Part III focuses on the different regions, countries, and cultures of Caribbean Latin America, Middle Latin America, and South America with selected regional case studies.
The second edition has been expanded to cover Haiti, Panama, several more Amerindian musical cultures, and Afro-Peru. Questions for Critical Thinkingat the end of each major section guide and focus attention on what issues, musical and cultural, arise when one studies the music of Latin Americaâ€“issues that might not occur in the study of other musics of the world. Two audio compact discs offer musical examples of some of the music of Latin America