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Sounding Roman: Representation and Performing Identity in Western Turkey

Sonia Tamar Seeman


Sounding Roman traces the role of music performance in maintaining, shaping, and challenging ascribed social identities of Roman (“Gypsy”) groups, who constitute one of the most socially reviled and yet culturally romanticized minorities in Turkey. Roman communities have been a ubiquitous presence, contributing to social, cultural, and economic life since the Byzantine period in Anatolia up to the present. Alternately exoticized and reviled, Roman communities were valued for their occupational skills and entertainment services. Based on detailed historiographic study and twenty years of ethnog ... More

Keywords: Turkish Roman, Romani music, ethnicity, representation, performance, recording industry, ethnomusicology, politics, social structure, metaphor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199949243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199949243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia Tamar Seeman, author
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Texas, Austin