Cuban girls and visual media: bodies and practices of (still-) socialist consumerism

Pertierra, Anna Christina (2015) Cuban girls and visual media: bodies and practices of (still-) socialist consumerism. Continuum, 29 2: 194-204. doi:10.1080/10304312.2015.1022950

Author Pertierra, Anna Christina
Title Cuban girls and visual media: bodies and practices of (still-) socialist consumerism
Journal name Continuum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-3666
Publication date 2015-04-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2015.1022950
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 194
End page 204
Total pages 11
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines Cuban girls' use of photography in coming-of-age rituals to consider what mediated girlhood might look like beyond the reach of neo-liberalism and post-feminism. Cuba offers an interesting context for such considerations, as a place in which the effects of global neo-liberalism remain buffered, and sharply contested by the prevailing tenets of socialism. It is also a place in which many feminist goals have been realized for the average woman, but with minimal reference to the debates of feminism and post-feminism. Despite these apparently serious differences, Cuban girls engage in many of the same mediated practices and rituals as their counterparts across the Americas. Cuban girls' lives are relatively rich in the products of globalized consumer culture and typically include watching US-produced television shows, dancing to music videos and poring over imported magazines. But such incorporation of cultural products that flow (mostly) from the capitalist Americas by no means negates the lived experience of Cuban girls as subjects in a socialist society, whose rights and responsibilities impact in very direct ways upon how they manage their emerging womanly bodies.
Keyword Femininity
Cuban society
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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