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La rumba vallecana y el cuerpo biorrumbero de la Transición
The purpose of this essay is to open an academic discussion on a marginal but highly popular cultural phenomenon during the Spanish Transition to democracy: the rumba vallecana music subgenre. This study contextualises rumba vallecana in its historical and sociocultural territory and argues how and why the subgenre and its creators enjoyed a privileged, albeit paradoxical, position in order to challenge normalised identity and social constructions under the so-called ‘sociological Francoism’. The paper concludes that rumba vallecana was an essential cultural discourse embedded in the social identity changes that took place in Spain during the 1970s and 1980s.
Keywords: Rumba vallecana • Nacionalflamenquismo • Spanish Transition • Quinqui