Chapter

Freedom Offstage

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033693.003.0009
Freedom Offstage

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This chapter discusses freedom, representation, and forms of resistance, Cuban-style. It focuses in particular on common forms of “off-stage”, “backstage”, and at-home criticism, building on the improbability of large-scale protest or the development of powerful interest groups. This chapter also explains how forms of protest do not represent a unified, national opposition movement of any sustained potency. The discussion focuses on arguably the three common offstage forms of state criticism in Cuba: in-house protests to broadcasts of Fidel's televised speeches on TV; using metaphors and aphorisms among friends to criticize the socialist state; and withdrawal from state-orchestrated political rituals. These rituals include elections, political “debates”, and “citizen organizing”, focusing particularly on the practice of avoiding marches.

Keywords: national opposition; Cuba; resistance forms; state criticism; political rituals; Fidel Castro

Chapter.  7712 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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