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Geographies of CubanidadPlace, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba$
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Rebecca M. Bodenheimer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462395

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462395.001.0001

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Geographies of Cubanidad

Rebecca M. Bodenheimer

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter summarizes the nationalist notions of race that have been dominant since Cuban independence, focusing on critiques of the discourse of mestizaje, or racial mixture, that has been issued by many Cuba scholars. It lays out the theoretical approaches underpinning the book’s arguments, explaining how the politics of place includes several elements: regionalist sentiment, racialized discourses of place, and localized notions of hybridity. The chapter also elucidates methodological approaches employed in research for the book, and presents a discussion of the politics of representation entailed in conducting fieldwork in Cuba.

Keywords:   Mestizaje, Politics of place, Racialized discourses, Regionalism, Hybridity

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