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Citizenship, Religion and Revolution in Cuba


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Citizenship, Religion and Revolution in Cuba

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dc.contributor.author Watson, Carolyn
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-09T20:10:27Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-09T20:10:27Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-09T20:10:27Z
dc.date.submitted December 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10269
dc.description.abstract Throughout the twentieth century, various Cuban regimes have tried to eliminate the practice of religions of African origin by combining repressive legislation and coercive social practices that stigmatized practitioners as culturally backward, socially deviant, and mentally deficient. Religious practitioners, however, used the state apparatus to continue worshipping their African deities, sometimes challenging government officials’ excessive application of the law or devising ways to evade their scrutiny. Through an analysis of archival documents, newspapers, works produced by practitioners, oral history interviews and published ethnographies, this dissertation examines the strategies practitioners of Ocha-Ifa – also known as Santeria – employed as they continued practicing the religion of their ancestors and participating in the national projects of the twentieth century. Focusing on the period after the 1959 revolution, this dissertation argues that revolutionary policies that were designed to discourage the practice of religions of African origin actually facilitated its continued practice and development in unintended ways. By analysing practices in one particular religion of African origin in Havana and Matanzas, the regions of greatest concentration of Ocha-If<á>, this study suggests that citizenship, identity and belonging were negotiated terrain over which neither the revolutionary government nor practitioners of Ocha-If<á> had absolute control. This dissertation builds on the recent research on race and the participation of Cubans of African descent in politics and society during the twentieth century by focusing on the activities of one particular sector of Cuban society. It is unique in historicizing a sector of Cuban society that has thus far only appeared as part of larger scholarly interpretations concerning race or religion in Cuba. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Tinker Foundation Latin American and Iberian Studies en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Cuba en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject revolution en_US
dc.subject Santeria en_US
dc.subject Ocha-Ifa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Santeria--Cuba--Havana
dc.subject.lcsh Santeria--Cuba--Matanzas (Province)
dc.subject.lcsh Cuba--Religious life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks--Cuba--Religion
dc.title Citizenship, Religion and Revolution in Cuba en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Latin American History en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Hutchison, Elizabeth
dc.description.committee-member Hall, Linda
dc.description.committee-member Bieber, Judy
dc.description.committee-member Gauderman, Kimberly
dc.description.committee-member Cormie, Lee

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