Fear of a Black Nation: Local Rappers, Transnational Crossings, and State Power in Contemporary Cuba

@article{Fernandes2003FearOA,
  title={Fear of a Black Nation: Local Rappers, Transnational Crossings, and State Power in Contemporary Cuba},
  author={Sujatha Fernandes},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  year={2003},
  volume={76},
  pages={575 - 608}
}
This essay analyzes the relationships between culture, power, and politics in contemporary Cuba through the lens of hip-hop. In particular, I look at the interactions between Cuban rappers, the Cuban socialist state, and diverse transnational networks in a moment of economic crisis, increasing racial disparities, and Cuba's changing global position. The essay explores how the Cuban state has harnessed the energy of the growing hip-hop movement as a way of bolstering its popularity; I highlight… Expand
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