Anne Luke is lecturer at the University of Leeds.
Introduction: A Study of Youth, the Sixties, and Cuba
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Revolution 1959: Being Young, Being Cuban
Chapter 2: The New Framework for Cuban Youth in the Discourse of the Revolution
Chapter 3: A New Youth Policy for a New Era
Chapter 4: Cuba and the Global Sixties
Chapter 5: Youth Activism: The Evolution of Youth Organizations in 1960s Cuba
Chapter 6: Participation and Voluntarism
Chapter 7: Youth at the Cultural Margins
Conclusion: Reflections on Youth in Cuba 1959, 1989, 2019?
The book is clearly structured. . . . This is a very thorough study of how the Cuban political establishment perceived “youth,” and the role of young people in the forging of a new society. Luke successfully explains the details of the policies pursued and their ideological underpinnings.
Against the backdrop of the global sixties and Third World struggle, Anne Luke regales us with a meticulously researched and sophisticatedly argued study of the contested social construction of Cuban youth. Her nuanced approach takes us from ideal-type discourse, instruction, and work; to cultural, racial, and sexual politics forging a new conciencia and problems besetting youth organizations, literary publications, and musical genres; to controversial policies induced by moral panic in the face of youth deviance, as well as alter- and counterculture. Nor does she shy away from the lessons the sixties hold for understanding contemporary Cuba. A must read.