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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Rather than focusing on Cuba's imminent future, this chapter offers an ironic discussion of the future of nostalgia for the citizen-consumers and the shadow public, using current cultural trends in post-socialist states as a guide and bringing the citizen-consumer desire full circle, back to the future. The consumer details familiarity with daily life that will remain the litmus test by which to measure the extent to which any transition in Cuba is solid rather than symbolic, or to measure the depth of the reforms. The author of this book remains committed to the argument that the experience of citizenship is continually penetrated by consumer interests, complaints, demands, and aspirations, and that these consumer concerns, in turn, are connected if not inseparable from political discourse.

Keywords: citizen-consumers; Cuba; shadow public; political change; socialism; Castro

Chapter.  4156 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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