Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 - Envisioning Cuba (Paperback)
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Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 - Envisioning Cuba (Paperback)

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A handful of celebrated photographs show armed, fatigues-clad female Cuban insurgents alongside their companeros in Cuba's remote mountains during the revolutionary struggle. However, the story of women's part in the struggle's success only now receives comprehensive consideration in Michelle Chase's history of women and gender politics in revolutionary Cuba. Restoring to history women's participation in the all-important urban insurrection, and resisting Fidel Castro's triumphant claim that women's emancipation was handed to them as a ""revolution within the revolution,"" Chase's work demonstrates that women's activism and leadership was critical at every stage of the revolutionary process.

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
ISBN: 9781469625003
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The research for this book is extensive, and Chase is evenhanded in her collection and interpretation of the materials.--American Historical Review


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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