Los Raperos: rap, race, and social transformation in contemporary Cuba

dc.contributor.advisorGordon, Edmund Tayloeen
dc.creatorPerry, Marc Daviden
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:58:34Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:58:34Zen
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the emergent movimiento de hip hop cubano (the Cuban hip hop movement) as a critical site to examine the interplay of race and social transformation in contemporary Cuba. Following Cuba’s post-1990 economic crisis know as the “special period,” the ethnographic investigation centers on the ways young Afro-Cubans are utilizing the expressive cultural space of rap music and broader hip hop “culture” to performatively fashion new kinds of transnationally engaged black identity and related race-based social critique. The author suggest that through such transnationally informed identity processes a new generation of Afro-Cuban youth are positioning themselves in strategic response to the shifting dynamics of race and class in a socialist Cuba increasingly shaped by the interpenetration of global capital and related free-market transformations. In a post-“utopian” Cuba characterized by economic dollarization, expanding tourism, rising social stratification, and – significantly – resurgent levels of racial inequality, the author’s analysis seeks to understand how these emergent subjectivities and the social critiques they invoke pose challenges to, as well as contribute to a current reconfiguring of nationally-bounded constructions of race and corresponding ideologies of national non-racialism. He additionally draws attention to the evolving negotiated relationship between Cuban hip hop as a new, potentially oppositional identity-based social phenomenon, and the Cuban state as it attempts to institutionalize hip hop within a prescriptive, socially homogenizing frame of revolutionary national culture. In turn, Cuban rap has come to occupy a unique site of racially-positioned critique within revolutionary Cuba, serving as a key actor in an evolving black public sphere predicated on the assertion of black political difference within a previously configured non-racial Cuban national imaginary. The author proposes that Cuban hip hop in this capacity represents a critical manifestation of, as well as an active social agent within the shifting transnational complexities of national racial formation in Cuba today.
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb59340502en
dc.identifier.oclc58389485en
dc.identifier.proqst3150711en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/1387en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshHip-hop--Cuba--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshPopular culture--Cubaen
dc.subject.lcshRap (Music)--Cuba--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshBlacks--Cuba--Social conditionsen
dc.subject.lcshCuba--Race relationsen
dc.titleLos Raperos: rap, race, and social transformation in contemporary Cubaen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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