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Diversión : Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America (Paperback) (Albert Sergio Laguna)
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A re-examination of the Cuban diaspora through the lens of popular culture.
In an era of warming relations between the US and Cuba, this book updates the conversation about the movement of Cubans to America through an analysis of how this community has changed over the past 25 years. No longer a conservative Republican voting bloc, the majority of Cubans today want more engagement with Cuba instead of less. Laguna explores the generational shifts and tensions in a Cuban America where the majority is now made up of immigrants who arrived since the 1990s and those born in the US.
To describe these demographic shifts, Laguna examines the centrality of play and popular culture in a community that has been historically been described as angry, reactionary, and melancholic. Through readings of a wide range of popular culture forms originating in Miami and Cuba from the 1970s through the present, Laguna explores the stand-up of comedians like Guillermo Alvarez Guedes and Robertico, festivals like Cuba Nostalgia, a form of media distribution on the island called “el paquete,” and the viral social media content of Los Pichy Boys. Diversión contends that our understanding of the Cuban diaspora is lacking not in seriousness, but in play.
By unpacking this archive, Laguna explores our complex, often fraught attachments to popular culture and the way it can challenge and reproduce typical cultural ideologies—especially in relation to politics and race. In the wake of the largest migration wave in Cuban history, Diversión and its focus on play is crucial reading for those who seek to understand not only the Cuban American diaspora, but cultural and economic life on the island.
Number of Pages: 296
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: Postmillennial Pop
Publisher: New York Univ Pr
Author: Albert Sergio Laguna
Street Date: July 21, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-8976
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