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:

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Part III of this book, “Free”, relates to reaching out, being trapped, and critiquing and complaining in the contemporary Cuban context. This chapter is about feeling trapped within the confines of the island of Cuba: the near impossibility of obtaining exit permits that leads to separations from family outside the island, the role of memories of travel, and asphyxiation that circulate among citizen-consumers. It considers not only migration, the exit option to perceived freedom, but also the more common “un-migration”, the frustrating fate of a Cuban shadow public who never make it to their imagined destination, and the genesis and quality of that unfulfilled state of being.

Keywords: Cuba; exit permits; migration; separation; reentry permit

Chapter.  11243 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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