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Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination

Kenneth Routon


Despite its hard-nosed emphasis on the demystifying realism of Marxist–Leninist ideology, the political imagery of the Cuban revolution—and the state that followed—conjures up its own magical seductions and fantasies of power. This book shows how magic practices and political culture are entangled in Cuba in unusual and intimate ways. He describes not only how the monumentality of the state arouses magical sensibilities and popular images of its hidden powers, but also the ways in which revolutionary officialdom has, in recent years, tacitly embraced and harnessed vernacular fantasies of power ... More

Keywords: realism, Marxist–Leninist ideology, political imagery, Cuban revolution, power, magic practices, political culture, revolutionary officialdom, national agenda, popular culture, fantasies, anthropology, history, ritual, state power, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034836
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Routon, author
Christopher Newport University