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Revolution Within the RevolutionWomen and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962$
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Michelle Chase

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625003

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625003.001.0001

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Dead Cities and Other Forms of Protest, 1952–1955

Dead Cities and Other Forms of Protest, 1952–1955

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(p.19) 1 Dead Cities and Other Forms of Protest, 1952–1955
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Revolution Within the Revolution
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Michelle Chase

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625003.003.0002

This chapter examines the very earliest forms of oppositional activity that emerged in the wake of Fulgencio Batista’s coup. Focusing on the often-ignored period of 1952 to 1955, the chapter demonstrates that a vibrant, inclusive, and creative urban civic opposition movement was in the making. This movement developed a wide repertoire of public protest actions that included both women and men and often took place in consumer or leisure-oriented spaces such as movie theaters, department stores, and commercial thoroughfares. But the rise of state violence and the turn to armed opposition fostered a gendered division of labor in the anti-Batista movement. Many men henceforth sought to join the urban underground or the rebel army, while many women remained active in organizing, strategizing, or propaganda efforts.

Keywords:   Fulgencio Batista, Consumption (consumerism), Leisure, public protest, department stores, state violence, gendered division of labor

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