chapter  14
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Popular Music in Cape Verde: Resistance or Conciliation?


Popular culture has been discussed in several branches of the humanities from different points of view. Growing in strength among these is that which attributes to popular culture the role of a means of resistance in colonial and post-colonial contexts. This chapter argues that popular manifestations should be analyzed from a critical standpoint, one that does not presuppose as absolute the existence of resistance or of its opposing pole, collaboration. Resistance may coexist with acceptance, overcoming, exchange, capitulation, incorporation and negotiation between the dominant culture and popular cultures. Careless emphasis on a singular aspect of popular culture forms may lead to an oversimplifi cation of very complex phenomena.