Tango: An Expression of Argentinean National Identity?

By Anna Hamling.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Tango dance and tango song represent the essence of Buenos Aires. The roots of tango can be traced to the 18th century when the black slaves from Africa arrived to Argentina followed by the 19th century’s arrival of the massive lower-class groups of European immigrants into the only city in ‘a new world’ with Parisian flavour. They hoped to be released from the poverty of their homelands. As an expression of both their sadness and joy these newcomers performed dances from the ‘old world’ such as polka, mazurka, tanguillo and eventually created a new dance: tango. The purpose of this paper is to examine the historical evolution of tango through the exploration of its roots and influences. The role that tango played in the creation of a symbolic expression of Argentinean nationality will also be discussed.

Keywords: Tango, Argentina, Identity

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.93-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.136MB).

Dr. Anna Hamling

Senior Teaching Associate (Spanish), Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of New Brunswick Frederiction, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Dr. Anna Hamling has taught Spanish, Russian and Polish language, culture and literature in Europe, Latin America and Canada. Her PhD thesis ‘Introducción a un estudio comparativo entre Miguel de Unamuno y León Tolstói’ was published by Editorial Pliegos in Madrid in 2001. She has published numerous articles of comparative nature on Unamuno and Tolstoy in Spanish, Russian and Polish journals. Recently she has been contributing to Encyclopedia of Latin American Women Writers and Encyclopedia of Christian Writers. Currently she is researching the evolution of tango, flamenco and salsa within the context of national identity.


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