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Dialectics of antipathy: locating Cuban exile in US popular culture

Project Member(s): Allatson, P.

Start year: 2001

Summary: This project examines why the Cuban-American sector has come to regard itself, and been received and perceived, as an 'exceptional' or special category of migrant in the USA, the 'deserved' beneficiary of citizen rights and financial privileges not accorded to other Latinos, or to other minority and migrant sectors. The project analyses the impact of these perceptions on national and ethnic debates and identities in the USA. The research has two parts. First it compares Cuban and non-Cuban representations of and responses to Cuban-American exile in popular culture (film, fiction, electronic and print media.) Second, it examines the impact of the Elian Gonzeles affair (1999-2000) on non-Cuban responses to Cuban exile, with a focus on print media (editorials, cartoons, articles, headlines) and electronic media reportage (Latino e-mail discussion lists, websites).

FOR Codes: Screen and Media Culture, North American, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies, Understanding other countries, The media, Studies in human society, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, International Relations not elsewhere classified, North American Literature, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies