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Rescuing Our RootsThe African Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba$
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Andrea J. Queeley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061092

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061092.001.0001

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“¿Gracias a la Revolución?”

“¿Gracias a la Revolución?”

Narratives of Social Mobility as Spaces of Subject Formation

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(p.160) 5 “¿Gracias a la Revolución?”
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Rescuing Our Roots
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Andrea J. Queeley

, John M. Kirk
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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061092.003.0006

One of the most notable aspects of the revitalization of Anglo-Caribbean institutions in Cuba was that the people who were sought out and who joined, at least initially, were professionals and technicians. Chapter 5 illuminates the recurrent theme of achieving professional status, interrogating the purpose that this narrative of social mobility serves in processes of Black Cuban subject-making. It argues that rather than being a reiteration of doble moral (double moral) rhetoric—about the successes of the revolution and about Blacks as beneficiaries of the revolution—these narratives instead provide a means to critique the current economic crisis among Cuban Blacks. Queeley considers this critique in relationship to both the emergence of a “new” Cuban subject in the post-Soviet era—a diasporic subject— and to the old manifestations of anti-Black racism that were perhaps aggravated by the opportunities for social mobility that the revolution provided.

Keywords:   professional, social mobility, revolution, racism, subjectivity, doble moral, post-Soviet era, new Cuban subject, diasporic subject

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