As in other parts of the Americas, music associated with socially marginal ized
communi t i e s would acquire emblema t i c status for various modern iz ing projects espousing cultural nat ional ism and political popul ism. 2 Popular music would
play a central role in the const i tut ion and expression of a cul tural patr imony, that
ensemble of symbolic goods and practices which he lp to p roduce and ma in ta in
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consensus , mi t iga t ing confl ic ts based o n social, racial, e thn ic , a n d regional dif-
f e r ences . '