Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba

Paperback | December 1, 1995

byLois M. Smith, Alfred Padula

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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 revolutionaryCuba'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 oneof 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 ofexpectations. 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 andmanaged, and analyzes the limitations of state policies in promoting and managing social and cultural transformations as significant as those regarding relations between the sexes.

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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 revolutionaryCuba's attempt to conceptualize, prioritize...

Lois M. Smith is at University of Texas, Austin. Alfred Padula is at University of Southern Maine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195094913

ISBN - 13:9780195094916

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Table of Contents

1. Women in Pre-Revolutionary Cuba2. The Struggle against the Dictator, 1952-19583. Making Social Revolution4. The Federation of Cuban Women: Activism and Power5. Women and the Health Revolution6. Reproductive Health7. Women and the Revolution in Education8. The Campaign for Women's Employment, 1959-19809. Progress and Problems in Women's Employment, 1980-199210. Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace11. Day Care and Other Services12. Revolution and Change in the Cuban Family13. Family Dynamics14. Sexuality and Revolution

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"Excellent-long overdue. A realistic look at women in revolutionary Cuba."--John Hoyt Williams, Indiana State University--Terre Haute