Rethinking the Cuban Revolution offers new perspectives on the political and cultural life of the Cuban Revolution based on inter-disciplinary methods. Contributions reassess the national survival of the Revolution, and propose new approaches to cultural and political identity in Cuba. * Presents original research data based on contemporary fieldwork and archival research, which rethinks the political and cultural life of the Cuban Revolution * Innovative approaches question the assumption that Cuban revolutionary policy and practice function according to top-down structure * Combines an indispensable understanding of the importance of nation in the Cuban context with an awareness of regional or transnational actors and patterns * Reassesses the national survival of the Revolution beyond the Special Period, and propose new approaches to cultural and political identity in Cuba
Par Kumaraswami is a Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Manchester. She has published extensively on Cuban cultural policy and practice, including a forthcoming co-authored monograph on literary culture and the Cuban Revolution. She is co-editor of Making Waves: Anniversary Volume: Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (with Ann Davies and Claire Williams, 2008) and Revolucionarias: Conflict and Gender in Latin American Narratives by Women (with Niamh Thornton, 2007).
Introduction: Towards an Integrated Understanding of the Cuban Revolution (PAR KUMARASWAMI) 1. Ideas of Race, Ethnicity and National Identity in the Discourse of the Press During The Cuban Revolution (ELVIRA ANTON CARRILLO) 2. Cuba's Internationalism Revisited: Exporting Literacy, ALBA, and a New Paradigm for South South Collaboration (KEPA ARTARAZ) 3. Floating in the Void: Ethical Weightlessness in Post-Soviet Cuba Narrative (ODETTE CASAMAYOR-CISNEROS) 4. Celebrating 50 Years But of What Exactly and Why is Latin America Celebrating It? (ANTONI KAPCIA) 5. Cuban Medical Internationalism Under Raul Castro (JOHN M. KIRK) 6. Peripheral Visions? Literary Canon Formation in Revolutionary Cuba (PAR KUMARASWAMI) 7. Regime Change and Human Rights: A Perspective on the Cuba Polemic (STEVE LUDLAM) 8. Creating the Quiet Majority? Youth and Young People in the Political Culture of the Cuban Revolution (ANNE LUKE) 9. Afterword: Cuba and Latin America (ANTONI KAPCIA) References Index