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In this book, Silvia Pedraza links Cuba's revolution and its mass exodus not only as cause and consequence but also as profoundly social and human processes that were not only political and economic but also cognitive and emotive. But, ironically for a community that defined itself as being in exile, virtually no studies of its political attitudes exist, and certainly none that encompass the changing political attitudes over 47 years of the exodus. The book uses participant observation and in-depth interviews to gain insight into the political disaffection of Cuban refugees.Read more
- Captures the human dimension of a revolution and a refugee exodus
- Uses both a micro and macro approach to study immigration, in a dialectical fashion
- Emphasizes both the policies of the U. S. and the Cuban governments as these shaped the exodus
Reviews & endorsements
"Pedraza superbly traces how changes in Cuba under Castro generated new emigration waves with different backgrounds, concerns, and mentalities. Based on the Cuban experience, she calls for differentiating the refugee from the immigrant experience."
Susan Eckstein, Boston University, and former President of the Latin American Studies AssociationSee more reviews
"Pedraza captures the complex characteristics, and ideologies of Cuban migrants/refugees. Using a sensitive ethnography and her own migration experience, Pedraza moves beyond the simply one size fits all theoretical understanding of Cuban refugees and tells a story with nuance, methodological rigor and sensitivity of how changing interactions with Cuban state have driven waves of migration."
Mark Sawyer, University of California, Los Angeles, and Author, Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba
"Silvia Pedraza has accomplished what few social scientists have: to seamlessly weave the macro and the micro, the structural and the personal, the conceptual and the empirical. The result is a textured portrait of the many faces of the Cuban diaspora over the last five decades."
Damian Fernandez, Flordia International University
"Drawing on in-depth interviews with 120 Cuban exiles and on ethnographic observations in exile communities in the U.S., Silvia Pedraza weaves together an illuminating account of not only the political and economic disaffection of those who exited but also how their motives and experiences varied across four waves of immigration from 1959 to 2004. In doing so, Pedraza has crafted a book that constitutes an important contribution to the still evolving literature on Cuba’s revolution and its exiles and on immigration more generally."
David Snow, University of California, Irvine
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- Date Published: September 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521687294
- length: 382 pages
- dimensions: 217 x 150 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- contains: 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Political disaffection: Cuba's revolution and exodus
Part I. For and Against the Republic, For and Against the Revolution: the Cuban Exodus of 1959–1962 and 1965–1974:
2. The revolution defines itself: democracy
3. The revolution deepens: nationalism, church vs. state
4. The revolution redefines itself: socialism, Marxism-Leninism
5. The revolution consolidated: old vs. new communists
Part II. The Children of Communism: the Cuban Exodus of 1980 and 1985–2004:
6. Los Marielitos of 1980: race, class, gender, and sexuality
7. After the Soviet collapse: the Balsero crisis
8. The last wave: political or economic immigrants?
Part III. Civil Society Returns:
9. The church and the rebirth of civil society
10. Democratization and migration: the exodus and the development of civil society
11. The impossible triangle: Cuba, the United States, and the exiles.
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- History of Latinos in the U.S.
- Semianr on Latin American Politics
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