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AN ANALYSIS ON ANTHROPOLOGIST: NADINE T. FERNANDEZ’S: REVOLUTIONIZING ROMANCE: INTERRACIAL COUPLES IN CONTEMPORARY CUBA BY ADETORO MAJEKODUNMI

For an ethnographic review I choose to focus on Nadine Fernandez, who did an ethnographic analysis on interracial couples in contemporary Cuba. Her work dealt with the racial, cultural and social divide of interracial relationships in Cuba during and after its revolution. Fernandez depicts a society where a national agenda superseded individualistic ones. Where race relations informed political and social progression for the state of Cuba. State governance in Cuba imposed on the lives and bodies of its people in the attempts to endorse its efforts in whitening the nation. Yet rejected the notion of white Cuban women intermingling with the dreaded black-Cuban male counterpart. In one of her many points Fernandez postulates how racialized practices were not evident in official state regulations or institutionalized structures but were rather embodied through everyday social practices that would provide the sort of framework in which people would display and interpret these racial, class, and cultural differences. Fernandez notes in her work that the process of nation building was the process of race making in contemporary Cuba. Race in Cuban society was to be removed as a significant variable from its social and transnational panorama thus promoting the notion of a revolutionary identity encompassed with a national one.
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