Academic journal article Cuban Studies

Preface

Academic journal article Cuban Studies

Preface

Article excerpt

This themed issue on women and gender in Cuba marks a departure for Cuban Studies in that it is set out in thematic sections and, alongside full-length academic articles, there are shorter reports on policy developments and research in progress in Cuba, as well as cultural commentary and a poem. The sections themselves cover a broad range of topics, and within the sections there is a broad range of views, which together signal the scope of work that is being done and that still needs to be done on both gender-specific studies and gender mainstreaming. The contributors come from various disciplines and approaches, and in several instances they embody a gendered thinking that is new in the Cuban context, charting inequalities, reevaluating household strategies and domestic labor, understanding the complexities of sexual diversity and power relations in society, and deconstructing their many cultural manifestations.

Seen as a whole, the focus of the issue is primarily, though by no means entirely, on the specific gender challenges of post-1990 Cuba in the context of fast-changing developments nationally, triggered by the post-Soviet phase of globalization. What come through very clearly are the significant advances that have been made for and by women over the past fifty years, advances backed by state policy and promoted through activism. However, these have by no means been in linear progression.

The past two decades in particular have weighed disproportionately on women, and some would argue on men also. What has been brought into evidence is a highly gendered ideology and culture, ingrained in the makeup of society and its institutions and in the thinking of both women and men-and this proves highly resistant to change. …

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