- José Juan Olvera Gudiño and Shinji Hirai
This selection of articles gives continuity to and expands on the reflections contained in Economics of northern musicwhose purpose is to analyze the structuring social relations aimed at generating value and valuing a myriad of activities around the production, circulation and consumption of popular music. In both academic efforts, most of the works deal with music as a popular urban and rural-urban expression that is highly mediatized, transnationalized, strongly linked to technological development and with an emphasis on its commercial expression. The social spaces of northern Mexico and the United States are the protagonists of most of the proposals and stage cross-border and transnational cultural flows, armed violence, creativity and innovation, and adaptation to the impacts of the global economy. All these phenomena are crossed by digital contexts of production, circulation and consumption of symbolic forms and, as new forms of social life, of subjectivities and intersubjectivities that social scientists are just beginning to study.