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Lillian Guerra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835630

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837368_guerra

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Class War and Complicity in a Grassroots Dictatorship

Class War and Complicity in a Grassroots Dictatorship

Gusanos, Citizen-Spies, and the Early Role of Cuban Youth

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(p.198) Chapter 6 Class War and Complicity in a Grassroots Dictatorship
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Visions of Power in Cuba
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Lillian Guerra

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837368_guerra.11

Between 1962 and 1967, citizens' contestation of and collaboration with state discourses and goals worked together to forge a grassroots dictatorship. This chapter focuses on the gusanos who created a street culture of contestation and an alternative news network based on political rumors that challenged the veracity of the regime's claims and the stability of the grand narrative. It examines the class war in gusano versus cederista (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution activists) and the state's struggle to manage the citizens' perceptions of reality and the state's ability to influence how the people acted as a result.

Keywords:   grassroots dictatorship, gusanos, political rumors, grand narrative, cederista, Committee for the Defense of the Revolution

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