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Jail-house Rock: Cuba, AIDS, and the Incorporation of Dissent in Bengt Norborg's Socialism or Death

Prout, Ryan 1999. Jail-house Rock: Cuba, AIDS, and the Incorporation of Dissent in Bengt Norborg's Socialism or Death. Bulletin of Latin American Research 18 (4) , pp. 423-436. 10.1111/j.1470-9856.1999.tb00143.x

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Abstract

The demerits and merits of Cuba's quarantine facilities for AIDS patients and seropositives have been widely debated. This article expands the debate by referring to the phenomenon of HIV self-injection in Cuba, as documented in the 1995 film, Socialism or Death. There is an assessment of the economic, medical, and educational context which informed the events depicted by the film. HIV self-injection is discussed alongside reference to the development in Cuba of a counter-cultural youth movement based around a common interest in rock music. The testimony of self-injected patients and their families, and the reactions of Cuban medical officials are summarised. Comparisons are made between Cuban policy and radical queer theory.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cuba; AIDS; HIV; quarantine; rock music; self-injection; photology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0261-3050
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/9953

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