Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Educating the New Socialist Citizen

Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Educating the New Socialist Citizen

by Denise F. Blum


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Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Educating the New Socialist Citizen by Denise F. Blum

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Havana's secondary schools, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values is a remarkable ethnography, charting the government's attempts to transform a future generation of citizens. While Cuba's high literacy rate is often lauded, the little-known dropout rates among teenagers receive less scrutiny. In vivid, succinct reporting, educational anthropologist Denise Blum now shares her findings regarding this overlooked aspect of the Castro legacy.

Despite the fact that primary-school enrollment rates exceed those of the United States, the reverse is true for the crucial years between elementary school and college. After providing a history of Fidel Castro's educational revolution begun in 1953, Denise Blum delivers a close examination of the effects of the program, which was designed to produce a society motivated by benevolence rather than materialism. Exploring pioneering pedagogy, the notion of civic education, and the rural components of the program, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values brims with surprising findings about one of the most intriguing social experiments in recent history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292737488
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A former public school teacher, DENISE F. BLUM is an Assistant Professor in Social Foundations at Oklahoma State University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. 1953-1970: Constructing Conciencia
  • Chapter 2. The Revolution in Education
  • Chapter 3. 1970-1985: Reconciling Revolutionary Fervor with the Requisites of the Modern State
  • Chapter 4. 1986-2000: Rectification and the Special Period
  • Chapter 5. Revolutionary Pedagogy in Action
  • Chapter 6. The Cuban Pioneer Student Organization: Who Will Be Like Che?
  • Chapter 7. Cuba's School to the Countryside Program
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1. Suitcases, Jump Ropes, and lo espiritual: Methodology a la cubana
  • Appendix 2. Surveys
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Damián Fernández

"Blum is one of the first waves of scholars who have actually spent considerable time working inside Cuba and observing classrooms. Her ethnographic portraits are one of a kind."

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