Date of Award

5-13-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Faidra Papavasiliou

Second Advisor

Dr. Cassandra White

Third Advisor

Dr. Jennie Burnet

Abstract

Activism in Cuba is perceived as an anti-government ideology that deviates from the monolithic, homogeneous socio-political norm. The Cuban government repudiates ideological diversity by implementing repressive regulatory tactics through internet monitoring to criminalize dissenting discourse. The focus of this research will be on cyber-activism in the context of an authoritarian regime. Netnographic methods, coupled with social network framework, will be implemented to collect and analyze qualitative data on the adaptive civil disobedience strategies used by activists to circumvent censorship. Semi-structured interviews rendered insights of social media experiences to express dissent and denounce human rights abuses in Cuba. This research proposes to explore the mechanisms through which activists and the Cuban government resist and contest the legitimacy of ideological differences. This research contributes to the literature of Cuban civil society, activism work in nondemocratic settings and activism’s proliferating organizational strategies in the digital world.

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