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"I Have Been Formed in This Revolution": Revolution as Infrastructure, and The People it Creates in Cuba

Holbraad, M; (2018) "I Have Been Formed in This Revolution": Revolution as Infrastructure, and The People it Creates in Cuba. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 10.1111/jlca.12344. (In press).

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Abstract

How do revolutions form persons? Based on nine months of ethnographic fieldwork in Havana (2015–17), this article takes as its point of departure the trajectory of a middle‐aged woman's involvement with state structures and institutions during the course of constructing the house in which she lives. Describing ethnographically the ways in which these state involvements intertwine with other areas of her life, I suggest that this woman's sense of having been “formed in the revolution” is owed partly to the way in which the revolutionary process penetrates (or “flows”) deep into the minutiae of her life. Contrasting this manner of subjectivation with Che Guevara's conception of conciencia and the formation of a “New Man,” I suggest that the immanence of this process of infrastructural penetration may enable us to articulate an alternative way of understanding how revolutionary subjects are formed.

Type: Article
Title: "I Have Been Formed in This Revolution": Revolution as Infrastructure, and The People it Creates in Cuba
DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12344
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jlca.12344
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Cuba, housing, infrastructure, revolution, state, subjectivity
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045558
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