Chapter

The Opacity of Power

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034836.003.0003
The Opacity of Power

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The association of Cuba's political leadership with the occult is deeply rooted in the nation's politico-historical imagination. Popular perceptions linking the national leadership with hidden powers and magic are often fueled by the veiled meanings of a leader's specific character traits, the public symbols associated with their rule, the unusual circumstances that precipitated their rise to power, and/or their ability to emerge miraculously unscathed from a period of political turmoil. It is argued that Cuban political leaders deliberately manipulate public symbols in order to broaden their support both at home and abroad.

Keywords: political leadership; state power; occult; public symbol; officialdom; national revolution

Chapter.  9437 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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