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Title: 'Revolutionising' subcultural theory : the cases of Cuban underground rap and Cuban reggaeton
Author: Dimou , Eleni
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is focusing on issues of power and resistance in two contemporary Cuban subcultures, namely Cuban underground rap and reggaeton during 2008- 2012. Using data gained from a five month ethnographic research in Havana during 2009-2011 with cultural producers of Cuban underground rap and reggaeton , I explore some of the paradoxes occurring within Cuban culture and power relations. Specifically, Cuban underground rap is revolutionary in its ideals and supported in official governmental discourses. However, in everyday reality it is censored and criminalized by Cuban authorities. Simultaneously reggaeton with its explicit focus on . hedonism, apolitical sentiments and consumerism is subverting and challenging Cuban ideology and morality. Although reggaeton is dismissed and not supported in official discourses, in everyday reality it is promoted and commercialized. Through the exploration of Cuban rap and reggaeton I attempt to illustrate that a bridging of the CCCS (Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies) with post-subculture theory is necessary to be conducted in order to interpret the complex interplays of power and resistance in these two subcultures. Explicitly, issues of power and resistance were of high interest to the CCCS's interpretation of subcultures. With the post-subcultural turn there has been an explicit aim to move away from the CCCS's analysis of subcultures and its Marxist paradigm. While the CCCS was focusing mainly on "grounding" everyday life to class, ideology, structural changes and politics, the postsubcultural focal point is on fluidity, heterogeneity, hedonism, individual choice, apolitical sentiments, affects, consumerism and the intersection of the local with the global. Despite the fact that both approaches incorporate both micro (everyday life) and macro elements, the so called "obsession" (Griffin, 2011) of post-subcultural theory to move away from the structural approach of the Birmingham School.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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