Sex and Revolution Women in Socialist Cuba

ISBN-10: 0195094913
ISBN-13: 9780195094916
Edition: 1996
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Description: The Cuban revolution attempted to make equality in every sphere the basic operating principle of society. Equality among the sexes, it postulated, would resolve the "woman issue" once and for all. Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba is the  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/25/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The Cuban revolution attempted to make equality in every sphere the basic operating principle of society. Equality among the sexes, it postulated, would resolve the "woman issue" once and for all. Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba is the first book-length examination of revolutionary Cuba's attempt to conceptualize, prioritize, and implement sexual equality, offering an assessment of the successes, failures, and dilemmas of that process. In the wake of the revolution, which crushed both Cuban capitalism and Catholic power, a host of redistributive policies helped make Cuba one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. The history of the Cuban revolution provides rich detail regarding the interplay among gender, power, ideology, and culture. Certain revolutionary efforts to transform women's lives were extraordinarily successful, while others fell short of expectations. This book reviews the range of revolutionary strategies encompassed in structures, policies, and laws to address sexual inequality and difference. Ideal for courses in Latin American studies and women's studies, it offers insights into the implications of the way power is organized and managed, and analyzes the limitations of state policies in promoting and managing social and cultural transformations as significant as those regarding relations between the sexes.

Abbreviations
Introduction
Women in Prerevolutionary Cuba
The Struggle Against the Dictator, 1952-1958
Making Social Revolution: The Federation of Cuban Women
The Federation of Cuban Women: Activism and Power
Women and the Health Revolution
Reproductive Health
Women and the Revolution in Education
The Campaign for Women's Employment, 1959-1980
Progress and Problems in Women's Employment, 1980-1992
Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace
Day Care and Other Services
Family and Revolution
Family Dynamics
Sexuality and Revolution
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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