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NARRATING THE NATION: Heterotopian Struggles for Self-Representation in the Cuban Diaspora

Cearns, J; (2022) NARRATING THE NATION: Heterotopian Struggles for Self-Representation in the Cuban Diaspora. Museum Anthropology 10.1111/muan.12259. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Miami's sizeable Cuban diaspora has long used museums and galleries to produce and preserve their sense of community, united through the loss inherent to exile. Recent influxes of migration from Cuba (and beyond) are increasingly interpreted as a threat to the cultural forms many consider an “authentic” preservation of something now lost to Castro's Revolution. Drawing upon fifteen months of ethnographic research within several of these organizations, this article argues that a recent proliferation of new museum spaces and their physical distribution across the city indicate growing anxieties and conflicts between diasporic cohorts. Drawing upon Foucault's concept of heterotopias, the article maps these conflicts onto other measures of difference, such as ethnicity and socioeconomic class. The article concludes that hegemonic and normative public spaces are being weaponized in a diasporic struggle over Cuban identity, while newer arrivals are responding in kind through the inauguration of counter-spaces of cultural representation.

Type: Article
Title: NARRATING THE NATION: Heterotopian Struggles for Self-Representation in the Cuban Diaspora
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/muan.12259
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/muan.12259
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Museum Anthropology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Anthropological Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: museum, theater, diaspora, exile, heterotopia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153945
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