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Geographies of Cubanidad – Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba - University Press of Mississippi
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Geographies of Cubanidad: Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba

Rebecca M. Bodenheimer


Derived from the nationalist writings of José Martí, the concept of Cubanidad (Cubanness) has always imagined a unified hybrid nation where racial difference is nonexistent and nationality trumps all other axes of identity. Scholars have critiqued this celebration of racial mixture, highlighting a gap between the claim of racial harmony and the realities of inequality faced by Afro-Cubans since Independence in 1898. This book argues that it is not only the recognition of racial difference that threatens to divide the nation, but that popular regional sentiment further contests the hegemonic na ... More

Keywords: Regional identity, Musical performance, Racialized discourses, Politics of place, Contemporary Cuba, Cubanidad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781628462395
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462395.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca M. Bodenheimer, author