Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba

Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba

by Julie Marie Bunck
     
 

Beginning with an overview of the Castro regime's program to transform Cuban culture as guided by the tenets of Marxist-Leninist ideology, Julie Bunck first outlines in a broad way the four phases through which the regime's strategy evolved, from 1959 to the present, with a variety of methods tried—noncoercive, indirectly coercive, and directly coercive. The

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Beginning with an overview of the Castro regime's program to transform Cuban culture as guided by the tenets of Marxist-Leninist ideology, Julie Bunck first outlines in a broad way the four phases through which the regime's strategy evolved, from 1959 to the present, with a variety of methods tried—noncoercive, indirectly coercive, and directly coercive. The four main chapters then each focus on one of the principal targets at which the regime aimed in trying to change popular attitudes: youth, women, labor, and sports. The last chapter offers an overall assessment and explanation of the regime's few successes and many failures, suggesting lessons from Cuba's experience that help account for the collapse of communist regimes elsewhere in the world that foundered on the resistance of traditional culture to revolutionary change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271010878
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
1Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture1
2Castro and the Children: The Struggle for Cuba's Young Minds21
3Castro and the Goal of Sexual Equality87
4The Revolutionary Battle to Transform Attitudes Toward Labor125
5Revolutionary Sports: A Genuine Success185
6The Successes and Failures of the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture215
Bibliography223
Index231

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