To Defend The Revolution Is To Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy Of The Cuban Revolution by Rebecca Gordon-nesbittTo Defend The Revolution Is To Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy Of The Cuban Revolution by Rebecca Gordon-nesbitt

To Defend The Revolution Is To Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy Of The Cuban Revolution

byRebecca Gordon-nesbittForeword byJorge Fornet

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Based on a four-year research project, which included five months in Havana, this book documents the approaches to culture that evolved out of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Deploying micro and macro perspectives, it introduces all the main protagonists to the debate and follows the polemical twists and turns that ensued in the volatile atmosphere of the 1960s and 1970s. The picture that emerges is of a struggle for cultural dominance between Soviet-derived approaches and a uniquely Cuban response to culture under socialism, based on the principles of Marxist humanism. Accordingly, this book aims to isolate the main tenets of Cuban cultural policy as they crystallized through an extensive process of trial and error. Primacy is given to emancipatory understandings of culture, and ample space is dedicated to discussions that remain hugely pertinent to those working in the cultural field, such as the relationship between art and ideology, engagement and autonomy, form and content.

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt is a writer and researcher dedicated to exploring the politico-economic conditions underwriting artistic practice. Her work has been extensively published in anthologies, monographs, catalogues and journals. She cofounded salon3, a multidisciplinary arts organization in London and was a curator at the Nordic Inst...
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Title:To Defend The Revolution Is To Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy Of The Cuban RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:PM PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1629631043

ISBN - 13:9781629631042

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"With To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbit gives us a real gift: a roadmap for understanding the ups and downs of the Cuban Revolution’s cultural policy, a subject that has been approached by many on both sides of the political divide, but never before in English with such research, care, and thoughtfulness." —Margaret Randall, Policy Futures in Education