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1 - Embodied Anxieties

Hygiene, Honor, and Domestic Service in Republican Cuba

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 August 2022

Anasa Hicks
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Florida State University
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Chapter 1 spans the first decade of Cuban independence and explores the juxtaposition of “modern” concerns like hygiene and ancient concerns like honor and proper behavior. At the turn of the century, domestic workers’ physical bodies were subjects of scrutiny and avatars for early republican anxieties. Wet-nursing in particular was a hugely important topic as high infant mortality rates plagued the island. The Cuban government’s focus on literal hygiene and the figurative hygiene of the new republic regularly resulted in a hostile fixation on working-class women’s bodies and movements. The chapter examines the connections between domestic service and prostitution and uses court cases to demonstrate the physical vulnerability of African-descended women and girls both before and after slavery’s end in Cuba.

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Hierarchies at Home
Domestic Service in Cuba from Abolition to Revolution
, pp. 20 - 48
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Embodied Anxieties
  • Anasa Hicks, Florida State University
  • Book: Hierarchies at Home
  • Online publication: 18 August 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009070577.002
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  • Embodied Anxieties
  • Anasa Hicks, Florida State University
  • Book: Hierarchies at Home
  • Online publication: 18 August 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009070577.002
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  • Embodied Anxieties
  • Anasa Hicks, Florida State University
  • Book: Hierarchies at Home
  • Online publication: 18 August 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009070577.002
Available formats
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