Margaret Beissinger

Ch. 1:
Music, Dance, Performance: A Descriptive Analysis of Manele
Anca Giurchescu & Speranța Rădulescu

Ch. 2:
A History of the Manea: The 19th to the Mid-20th Century
Costin Moisil

Ch. 3:
How the Music of Manele is Structured
Speranța Rădulescu

Ch. 4:
Romanian Manele and Regional Parallels: "Oriental" Ethnopop in the Balkans
Margaret Beissinger

Ch. 5:
Actors and Performance
Speranța Rădulescu

Ch. 6:
The "Boyar in the Helicopter": Power, Parody, and Carnival in Manea Performances
Victor Alexandre Stoichita

Ch. 7:
Manele and the Underworld
Adrian Schiop

Ch. 8:
Village Manele: An Urban Genre in Rural Romania
Margaret Beissinger

Ch. 9:
Turbo-Authenticity: An Essay about "Manelism"
Vintilă Mihăilescu

Speranța Rădulescu

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Chapter 9:

Turbo-Authenticity: An Essay about “Manelism”

Vintilă Mihăilescu

This chapter treats the meaning of manele as part of a broader social phenomenon deeply rooted in post-totalitarian "decompression." The individual search for social re-positioning and "authenticity" in the loosely regulated but compulsively market-oriented space of manele is characterized by a "primitive accumulation of desire" that fuels a large variety of social practices and expectations. According to the author, it is this "manelized" society itself that engenders the mushrooming of manele, and not the other way around as canonically stated by most of the Romanian public elites.

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