Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Contemporary Afro-Cuban Voices in Tampa: Reclaiming Heritage in “America’s Next Greatest City”
by Callejas, Linda M., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2010, 259; 3432562
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation presents findings from ethnographic research conducted with members of the Sociedad La Unión Martí-Maceo, established by segregated Black Cuban cigar workers in Ybor City in 1904. For decades, Tampa officials have initiated numerous urban revitalization projects aimed at developing a world-class tourist destination and metropolitan center. Often, these efforts have centered on highlighting the ethnic history of Ybor City, from which the participation of Black Cubans and the Martí-Maceo Society has been actively excluded or ignored. The main issues related to contemporary Afro-Cuban identity in Tampa and which will be examined in my dissertation, include the changing nature of the Afro-Cuban community in Tampa in light of increases in migration of Cubans and other Latinos of color to the area; Martí-Maceo members' struggle to reclaim an Afro-Cuban heritage within Tampa's larger historic preservation efforts over the past decade; and an examination of the Martí-Maceo Society as a voluntary association that appears to have outlived its usefulness in present-day Tampa despite efforts by elderly members to sustain and expand it.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greenbaum, Susan D.
Commitee: Bird, S. Elizabeth, Cavendish, James C., Rodriguez, Cheryl R., Yelvington, Kevin A.
School: University of South Florida
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Cultural anthropology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: African diaspora, Cuban diaspora, Historic preservation, Identity formation, Voluntary associations
Publication Number: 3432562
ISBN: 978-1-124-37196-2
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