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Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination$
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Kenneth Routon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034836

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034836.001.0001

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The Eye and the Tongue

The Eye and the Tongue

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Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination

Kenneth Routon

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the relationship between political and ritual forms of surveillance and social control in one Havana barrio. At one level, magical images, charms, and rites are clearly a means of diverting some of the nervous exuberance associated with revolutionary vigilance and perceptions of state omniscience. The fictional reality of state vigilance, as this chapter illustrates, brings both popular culture and the state together within the same intimate and promiscuous field of political fantasy and desire.

Keywords:   surveillance, social control, magical images, rites, state power, popular culture

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