Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 - Envisioning Cuba (Paperback)Michelle Chase (author)
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Tracing changes in political attitudes alongside evolving gender ideologies in the years leading up to the revolution, Chase describes how insurrectionists mobilized familiar gendered notions, such as masculine honor and maternal sacrifice, in ways that strengthened the coalition against Fulgencio Batista. But, after 1959, the mobilization of women and the societal transformations that brought more women and young people into the political process opened the revolutionary platform to increasingly urgent demands for women's rights. In many cases, Chase shows, the revolutionary government was simply formalizing popular initiatives already in motion on the ground thanks to women with a more radical vision of their rights.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
An innovative and accessible text that underscores the possibility and malleability of early moments of revolution.--Hispanic American Historical Review
A work that should attract not only historians of the Cuban Revolution but anyone interested in gender and the history of women in Latin America.--Alfonso Salgado, Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos
[A]n altogether excellent, informative, and essential book: an opening salvo in a conversation that, as Chase convincingly demonstrates, was long overdue.--Jennifer Lambe, Assistant Professor of History, Brown University, NACLA
Chase's nuanced analysis of the centrality of gender politics to revolutionary struggle merits praise for opening up a promising new direction in the study of the Cuban Revolution, and for reinvigorating dialogue about the Revolution's social legacy in this momentous time in US-Cuban relations.--Choice
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