Private pleasures: Watching videos in post-Soviet Cuba

Pertierra, Anna Cristina (2009) Private pleasures: Watching videos in post-Soviet Cuba. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12 2: 113-130. doi:10.1177/1367877908099495

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Author Pertierra, Anna Cristina
Title Private pleasures: Watching videos in post-Soviet Cuba
Journal name International Journal of Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-8779
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367877908099495
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 113
End page 130
Total pages 18
Editor Anna Cristina Pertierra
Heather A. Horst
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
950204 The Media
200104 Media Studies
Abstract This article traces circuits of distribution and consumption of videocassette recorders (VCRs) and videocassettes in Cuba, which until April 2008 were not available for retail sale, and were usually sourced through black market or informal means. Based upon ethnographic research conducted in 2003/4 with VCR owners and an operator of an informal videocassette rental business, the article argues that understanding the role of video in contemporary Cuba requires a consideration of both the political and economic implications of being a video consumer and the material properties of VCRs as consumer goods. In the context of post-Soviet Cuba, VCRs and videocassettes exemplify the importance of informal practices and economies, and call attention to increased tensions surrounding consumption that have developed since the economic crisis of the 1990s.
Keyword Caribbean
media consumption
informal economy
domestic space
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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