Title

Blackness as Taboo! Belonging and Citizenship in Cuba

Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Gina Athena Ulysse

Major

Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis uses fieldwork, vignettes, and a historical, racial, and political lens to understand how blackness is a subject of taboo that remains largely unsettled, unresolved, and contested within contemporary Cuban society. The taboo nature of blackness not only makes us pay attention to how black and nonblack Cubans come to interpret and value representations of a situated blackness in Cuba and the Caribbean, but also to rethink the powerful and privileged relationship between belonging and citizenship as ongoing processes that fashion the conditions of a racialized being of a complex diasporic history always to be reckon with, in the present/everyday.

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