The Eye and the Tongue

Kenneth Routon

in Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034836
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038858 | DOI:
The Eye and the Tongue

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This chapter examines the relationship between political and ritual forms of surveillance and social control in one Havana barrio. At one level, magical images, charms, and rites are clearly a means of diverting some of the nervous exuberance associated with revolutionary vigilance and perceptions of state omniscience. The fictional reality of state vigilance, as this chapter illustrates, brings both popular culture and the state together within the same intimate and promiscuous field of political fantasy and desire.

Keywords: surveillance; social control; magical images; rites; state power; popular culture

Chapter.  8052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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