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Visions of power in Cuba : revolution, redemption, and resistance, 1959-1971 / Lillian Guerra.

By: Guerra, Lillian [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Envisioning Cuba: Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2012]Copyright date: ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 467 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780807837368; 0807837369; 9781469601519; 1469601516.Subject(s): Press and propaganda -- Cuba | Public opinion -- Cuba | Social psychology -- CubaAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Visions of power in Cuba.DDC classification: 972.9106/4 | 972.91064 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction : "Today, even Fidel is a counterrevolutionary!" : excavating the grand narrative of the Cuban Revolution -- The olive green revolution : media, mass rallies, agrarian reform, and the birth of the Fidelista state -- Good Cubans, bad Cubans, and the trappings of revolutionary faith -- War of words : laying the groundwork for radicalization -- Turning the world upside down : Fidelismo as a cultural religion and national crisis as a way of life -- Resistance, repression, and co-optation among the revolution's chosen people -- Class war and complicity in a grassroots dictatorship : gusanos, citizen-spies, and the early role of Cuban youth -- Juventud rebelde : nonconformity, gender, and the struggle to control revolutionary youth -- Self-styled revolutionaries : forgotten struggles for social change and the problem of unintended dissidence -- The ofensiva revolucionaria and the zafra de los diez millones : inducing popular euphoria, fraying Fidelismo -- The reel, real, and hyper-real revolution : self-representation and political performance in everyday life -- Epilogue : the revolution that might have been and the revolution that was : memory, amnesia, and history.
Summary: "In the tumultuous first decade of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and other leaders saturated the media with altruistic images of themselves in a campaign to win the hearts of Cuba's six million citizens. In Visions of Power in Cuba Lillian Guerra argues that these visual representations explained rapidly occurring events and encouraged radical change and mutual self-sacrifice. Mass rallies and labor mobilizations of unprecedented scale produced tangible evidence of what Fidel Castro called 'unanimous support' for a revolution whose 'moral power' defied U.S. control. Yet participation in state-orchestrated spectacles quickly became a requirement for political inclusion in a new Cuba that policed most forms of dissent. Devoted revolutionaries who resisted disastrous economic policies, exposed post-1959 racism, and challenged gender norms set by Cuba's one-party state increasingly found themselves marginalized, silenced, or jailed. Using previously unexplored sources, Guerra focuses on the lived experiences of citizens, including peasants, intellectuals, former prostitutes, black activists, and filmmakers, as they struggled to author their own scripts of revolution by resisting repression, defying state-imposed boundaries, and working for anti-imperial redemption in a truly free Cuba"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : "Today, even Fidel is a counterrevolutionary!" : excavating the grand narrative of the Cuban Revolution -- The olive green revolution : media, mass rallies, agrarian reform, and the birth of the Fidelista state -- Good Cubans, bad Cubans, and the trappings of revolutionary faith -- War of words : laying the groundwork for radicalization -- Turning the world upside down : Fidelismo as a cultural religion and national crisis as a way of life -- Resistance, repression, and co-optation among the revolution's chosen people -- Class war and complicity in a grassroots dictatorship : gusanos, citizen-spies, and the early role of Cuban youth -- Juventud rebelde : nonconformity, gender, and the struggle to control revolutionary youth -- Self-styled revolutionaries : forgotten struggles for social change and the problem of unintended dissidence -- The ofensiva revolucionaria and the zafra de los diez millones : inducing popular euphoria, fraying Fidelismo -- The reel, real, and hyper-real revolution : self-representation and political performance in everyday life -- Epilogue : the revolution that might have been and the revolution that was : memory, amnesia, and history.

"In the tumultuous first decade of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and other leaders saturated the media with altruistic images of themselves in a campaign to win the hearts of Cuba's six million citizens. In Visions of Power in Cuba Lillian Guerra argues that these visual representations explained rapidly occurring events and encouraged radical change and mutual self-sacrifice. Mass rallies and labor mobilizations of unprecedented scale produced tangible evidence of what Fidel Castro called 'unanimous support' for a revolution whose 'moral power' defied U.S. control. Yet participation in state-orchestrated spectacles quickly became a requirement for political inclusion in a new Cuba that policed most forms of dissent. Devoted revolutionaries who resisted disastrous economic policies, exposed post-1959 racism, and challenged gender norms set by Cuba's one-party state increasingly found themselves marginalized, silenced, or jailed. Using previously unexplored sources, Guerra focuses on the lived experiences of citizens, including peasants, intellectuals, former prostitutes, black activists, and filmmakers, as they struggled to author their own scripts of revolution by resisting repression, defying state-imposed boundaries, and working for anti-imperial redemption in a truly free Cuba"--Provided by publisher.

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Guerra's latest work traces the complex first decade of the Cuban Revolution, offering an innovative account of how visual culture, media, mass mobilization, and the policing of counter-revolutionary dissent were employed to transform Cuba into a one-party state. Given the inaccessibility of archival documents after 1959, Guerra (Univ. of Florida) skillfully and carefully elucidates the co-optation of civic social life through an in-depth examination of speeches, propaganda, film, photographs, the state press, and oral history. Departing from previous histories of the revolution, the author privileges the internal political dynamics that drove the increasing radicalization of Cuban society. This refreshing approach decenters the Cold War politics that have anchored most historiographic coverage of the period. This book should be read alongside Aviva Chomsky's A History of the Cuban Revolution (CH, Aug'11, 48-7086) and is among the best work of a new generation of Cuban historians. Essential for students of 20th-century Cuban and Latin American history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. C. LaFevor Berry College

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