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A revolutionary modernity: the cultural policy of the Cuban Revolution

Miller, N; (2008) A revolutionary modernity: the cultural policy of the Cuban Revolution. Journal of Latin American Studies , 40 (Specia) 675 - 696. 10.1017/S0022216X08004719. Green open access

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Abstract

This article seeks to explain why such a wide range of Cuban cultural producers have opted to remain on the island and work ‘within the revolution’, despite all the notorious problems caused by state censorship, political persecution and material shortages. It accounts for the importance of culture to the legitimacy of the revolutionary government; suggests that the regime has drawn effectively on the long-established significance of culture in Cuba's radical tradition; and illustrates the extent to which the government has backed up its rhetoric of commitment to culture for all with a sustained policy of support for institutions, organisations and events across the island. The main argument is that culture has been a key element – perhaps the only successful element – in the revolution's attempt to implement an alternative model of modernity that was distinctive not only from the Western capitalist version but also from that promoted by the Soviet Union.

Type: Article
Title: A revolutionary modernity: the cultural policy of the Cuban Revolution
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X08004719
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X08004719
Language: English
Additional information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Cuba, cultural policy, modernity, culture, civil society, decolonisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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 History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1363100
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