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Classy performances : the performance of class in the Andalusian bullfight from horseback (rejoneo)

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Kirrilly ThompsonKirrilly Thompson
The bullfight from horseback (rejoneo) has been consistently described as a pastime of the upper class Andalusian elite. This is hardly surprising, given that many notable rejoneadores (mounted bullfighters) have been associated with the agrarian elite and share features of the upper class identified in early ethnographies such as socio-political influence and land ownership. However, this paper questions the extent to which all rejoneadores articulate socio-economic determinants of the upper class. To account for the diversity in socio-economic background and identity amongst rejoneadores, I turn to more postmodern approaches applying performativity to class (Wiseman-Trowse; Rottenberg). By considering the material and symbolic role of bullfighting horses, I also highlight the role of human–animal relations in class constructions and perceptions. I suggest that rejoneo can be usefully considered a performance of the upper class, rather than necessarily a performance by the upper class. This case study demonstrates the need for researchers to be critical of “insider” constructions of class as well as “outsider” or academic assessments, and to pay equal attention to elite and popular forms.

History

Issue

2012

Start Page

145

End Page

166

Number of Pages

22

eISSN

1469-9818

ISSN

1463-6204

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Routledge

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Appleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Spanish cultural studies.

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