Private Experience

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

in Cuba in the Shadow of Change

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033693
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039695 | DOI:
Private Experience

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This chapter expands the previous chapter's argument to include ethnographic cases of private enterprise and private forms of communication and protest. It notes that the Catholic press provides an important gray space for the expression of dissenting opinion, even if journalists, not “ordinary citizens”, write the articles and opinion pieces. The Catholic Church takes all the credit for the Palabra Nueva's sins partly to protect citizens, which makes the actual “public” more difficult to identify. It knowingly encourages the private discussion of common concerns, and takes measured stances in opposition to existing power structures. But witnessing the actual circulation of the magazine reveals how such efforts perpetuate the existence of a shadow public.

Keywords: private enterprise; ethnography; communication; protest; Catholic press; Palabra Nueva

Chapter.  4347 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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