Sexual Revolutions in Cuba

Passion, Politics, and Memory

By Carrie Hamilton

Foreword by Elizabeth Dore

320 pp., 6.125 x 9.125, appends., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1891-3
    Published: August 2014
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8251-1
    Published: March 2012

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In Sexual Revolutions in Cuba Carrie Hamilton delves into the relationship between passion and politics in revolutionary Cuba to present a comprehensive history of sexuality on the island from the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 into the twenty-first century. Drawing on an unused body of oral history interviews as well as press accounts, literary works, and other published sources, Hamilton pushes beyond official government rhetoric and explores how the wider changes initiated by the Revolution have affected the sexual lives of Cuban citizens. She foregrounds the memories and emotions of ordinary Cubans and compares these experiences with changing policies and wider social, political, and economic developments to reveal the complex dynamic between sexual desire and repression in revolutionary Cuba.

Showing how revolutionary and prerevolutionary values coexist in a potent and sometimes contradictory mix, Hamilton addresses changing patterns in heterosexual relations, competing views of masculinity and femininity, same-sex relationships and homophobia, AIDS, sexual violence, interracial relationships, and sexual tourism. Hamilton's examination of sexual experiences across generations and social groups demonstrates that sexual politics have been integral to the construction of a new revolutionary Cuban society.

About the Author

Carrie Hamilton is reader in history at the University of Roehampton, London.
For more information about Carrie Hamilton, visit the Author Page.


“Hamilton delivers an incisive history of sexuality in Cuba.”--Concordia University Magazine

“Hamilton has made an interesting contribution to this field, . . . providing a valuable history of sexuality on the Caribbean island since 1959.”--Latin American Review of Books

"Ambitious."--Women's Review of Books

"'Carrie Hamilton has written perhaps the most ground-breaking study of sexuality in Revolutionary Cuba. Many of its chapters should be required reading for anyone studying not just Cuba, but also the politics of sexuality in developing countries. This is a path-breaking book. It offers wonderful tips on how to combine oral histories with archival knowledge. It uses socio-anthropological evidence to document sexual and gender behaviours that both conform and defy existing theories."--Javier Corrales, in the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe

“A welcome and important contribution to the fields of Caribbean studies and sexuality studies.”--Signs

"A well-researched, well written and highly readable addition to the field of contemporary Cuban studies."--Bulletin of Spanish Studies