Materializing Havana and Revolution: Cuban Material Culture

Rubio, Raúl
January 2005
Studies in Latin American Popular Culture;2005, Vol. 24, p161
Academic Journal
In this article, the author proposes that Havana, Cuba, through the ongoing revolutionary process surrounding the 1959 events, has become a site by which culturally popular material has symbolically held meanings for Cuban nationalism. These materials have become a set of globally commodified goods that diversely portray and sell the Cuban nation. Historically, studies pertaining to popular cultural material have demonstrated connections to the countryside motif, specifically encompassing Cuban products such as tobacco, sugar, rum, and cigars. Other studies have engaged ideas pertaining to Cuba's racial and ethnic composition, its tropical island status, and an infinite number of allusions of an exoticized nature. However, during the twentieth century, there has been a fixation with the urban realm of Havana.


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