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Resources for Scholars


An introduction to the genre


A short history

Dance Bachata

Learning the dance

Watch a video playlist from the Academia 

Bachata-related Scholarly Publications

Austerlitz, Paul. Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity. Temple University Press, 1997. Print.


Araújo, Samuel, and Cambria, Vincenzo. Sound Praxis, Poverty, and Social Participation: Perspectives from a Collaborative Study in Rio de Janeiro. Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 45. Cambridge University Press, 2013. 


Arnold, David. The Problem of Nature: Environment and Culture in Historical Perspective. Blackwell Pub., 1996. Print.


Davis, Martha Ellen. Afro-Dominican Religious Brotherhoods: Structure, Ritual, and Music. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, 1976.


García-Peña, Lorgia. Anti-Haitianism and the Global War on Blackness in The Borders of Dominicanidad. Duke University Press, 2016. Print.


Hernandez, Deborah Pacini. Bachata: A Social History of Dominican Popular Music. Temple University Press, 1995. Print.


Hernandez, Deborah Pacini. Oye Como Va!: Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music. Temple University Press, 2010. Print.


Hernandez, Ramona. The Mobility of Workers Under Advanced Capitalism: Dominican Migration to the United States. Columbia University Press, 2002. Print.


Hunt, Laura. Imagining Amazonia: The Construction of Nature in the Latin American ‘Novela de La Selva’. Hispanic Journal 34, no. 1, 2013. 


Johnson, Ryan. European Cloth and ‘Tropical’ Skin: Clothing Material and British Ideas of Health and Hygiene in Tropical Climates. Bulletin of the History of Medicine 83, no. 3, 2009.


Myers, Megan Jeanette. Mapping Hispaniola: Third Space in Dominican and Haitian Literature. University of Virginia Press, 2019. Print.


Paulino, Edward. Featured on podcast published by Garsd, Jasmine. Cradle of Black Pride: Haiti, Dominican Republic And The Music In Between. Alt. Latino, NPR Music, February 2014.


Pierre-Pierre, Garry. A Crescendo in Steel. The New York Times, December 1998.


Polyné, Millery. From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870 – 1964. University Press of Florida, 2010. Print.

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