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Title: Geographies of Youth, Religion and Identity in (post) socialist Cuba
Author: Betts, Virginia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 8957
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2002
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This study is based on the precept that understandings of economic transformation should be completed through examination of socio-cultural impacts at micro- geographical levels of analysis. Cuba's economic transformation towards a more market-based economy following the collapse of the Soviet Union has been accompanied by significant social and cultural shifts within its population. Its one party government, nevertheless, remains intact and subsequently the voices of individual Cubans are rarely heard above the state's ideological rhetoric in the face of ongoing political and economic aggression from the U. S. Based on nine months ethnographic field work in Cuba, this thesis investigates the lived experiences of transformation in Cuba today and maps some of the heterogeneity that lies behind Castro's projection of a homogenous and united nation. It does so through considering young people's interactions with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria and Cuba's burgeoning Pentecostal movement. As a dynamic site of cultural and social change that intersects with both revolutionary expectation as well as recent inflows of global capital and youth culture the changing spaces and meanings of religious practice uncovered through this research, reveals new allegiances, identities and subjectivities of young people in Cuba today. It is the contention of this thesis that research of this kind, is both significant and valuable in understanding the socio-cultural impacts of economic transformation and their effects on the lived experiences of individual Cubans.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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