Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba

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Overview

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.

"An excellent study of political culture, emphasizing cultural and normative resistance to revolutionary values, norms, and goals. Challenges much of the scholarship that maintained that revolution permanently transformed Cuba's traditional culture, and finds that 'most Cuban workers rejected many of the revolutionary requirements of the Castro government' (p. 184). Highly recommended"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271010878
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,440,918
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Marie Bunck teaches Latin American politics and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
1 Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture 1
2 Castro and the Children: The Struggle for Cuba's Young Minds 21
3 Castro and the Goal of Sexual Equality 87
4 The Revolutionary Battle to Transform Attitudes Toward Labor 125
5 Revolutionary Sports: A Genuine Success 185
6 The Successes and Failures of the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture 215
Bibliography 223
Index 231
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