Diversión: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America by Albert Sergio Laguna

By Albert Sergio Laguna

A re-assessment of the Cuban diaspora during the lens of well known culture.  

In an period of warming family members among the USA and Cuba, this publication updates the dialog about Cuban America by displaying how this group has replaced during the last 25 years. not a conservative Republican balloting bloc, nearly all of Cubans this present day wish extra engagement with the island instead of much less. Laguna investigates the generational shifts and tensions in a Cuban the US the place the bulk is now made of immigrants who arrived because the Nineties and people born within the US.   

To probe those adjustments, Laguna examines the cultured and social logics of quite a lot of pop culture varieties originating in Miami and Cuba from the Seventies throughout the 2010s. They contain the stand-up comedy of performers like Alvarez Guedes and Robertico, a pageant known as Cuba Nostalgia, Miami morning radio indicates, a sort of media distribution at the island referred to as el paquete, and the viral social media content material of Los Pichy Boys. This research illustrates the centrality of play in a neighborhood that has been defined traditionally as indignant, reactionary, and melancholic. Diversión contends that our realizing of the Cuban diaspora is missing now not in seriousness, yet in play. 

By unpacking this archive, Laguna explores our advanced, usually fraught attachments to pop culture and how it may problem and reproduce average cultural ideologies—especially in terms of politics and race.  within the wake of the most important migration wave to the US in Cuban history, Diversión and its concentrate on play is important examining when you search to appreciate not just the Cuban American diaspora, yet cultural and monetary lifestyles at the island.  

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