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Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840–1920

Tiffany A. Sippial

Abstract

Between 1840 and 1920, Cuba abolished slavery, fought two wars of independence, and was occupied by the United States before finally becoming an independent republic. This book argues that during this tumultuous era, Cuba's struggle to define itself as a modern nation found focus in the social and sexual anxieties surrounding prostitution and its regulation. It shows how prostitution became a prism through which Cuba's hopes and fears were refracted. Widespread debate about prostitution created a forum in which issues of public morality, urbanity, modernity, and national identity were discusse ... More

Keywords: Cuba, slavery, independent republic, prostitution, public morality, urbanity, modernity, national identity, Havana, Cuban prostitutes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469608938
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469608952_Sippial

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiffany A. Sippial, author