This study focuses on two different types of music, the culture or common set of values behind each one, and the distinct subculture that has been created by the merging of these two genres: cumbia-punk. Through a discussion primarily regarding the origin theories of punk put forth by Nick Crossley (2015), theories on the trajectory of cumbia put forth by Deborah Pacini Hernandez (2010), and the analysis of lyrics written by Anarkia Tropikal, Malportado Kids, and Kumbia Queers, I seek to answer the questions of how and why cumbia and punk merged to create a subculture that celebrates heritage and tackles matters of racism and sexism while still maintaining the originality of punk rebellion. Ultimately, this study looks at the relationship between the avant-garde anti-governmental narratives of punk and the celebratory qualities of Colombia’s mestizo working-class cumbia in an attempt to understand the fusion that subsequently lead to an entirely new wave of punk identity.


Craven, Christa


Sociology and Anthropology


Social and Cultural Anthropology


Cumbia, Punk, Cumbia-Punk, Latin America, Anthropology, Music, Spanish

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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