Author Dore, Elizabeth
Article Title Cubans' life stories : the pains and pleasures of living in a communist society
Full text http://www.jstor.org/stable/41806579
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Source Oral history. vol. 40, no. 1 (Spring 2012), p.35-46
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Journal Title Oral history.
Copy vol. 40, no. 1 (Spring 2012), p.35-46
ISSN 0143-0955
Brief substance It is widely believed that in communist countries oral history is fatally flawed because people fear talking about their lives. Luisa Passerini proposed that 'memory seems to have a flattening effect on the concept of totalitarianism'. The oral history project I directed in Cuba from 2004 to 2010 found that Cubans frequently defied the official narrative of the Revolution. Despite initial apprehension, most people told their life story with considerable candour, describing the pleasures and the difficulties of life in communist Cuba. I explore how two Cubans, from opposite sides of the political spectrum, wove into their narratives the most contentious issue in contemporary Cuba: increasing class disparity. In deliberate defiance of official policy they described the egalitarian pleasures of their youth and the stings of inequality
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Full text http://www.jstor.org/stable/41806579

 
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