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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This chapter proposes a definition of citizenship and publics based on the Cuban case. Pulling away from the national specificity of Cuba, it questions whether this citizen type is a Latin American-Caribbean regional phenomenon—a new “public face” of Latin America—and if so, how it relates to other international trends. It considers two larger political categories that encompass the shadow public, and that the category of shadow public shapes in turn: citizens and publics. Finally, using post-socialist states as a guide, the chapter ends with a discussion of the future of nostalgia for citizen-consumers.

Keywords: Latin America; Cuba; shadow public; citizen-consumers; post-socialist state

Chapter.  8510 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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