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Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba


  • 3 b/w illus. 28 tables
  • Page extent: 224 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.36 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521612678 | ISBN-10: 0521612675)

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Analyzing the triumphs and failures of race relations within the Castro regime, this book challenges arguments that the regime eliminated racial inequality or that it was profoundly racist. Through interviews, historical materials, and survey research, it provides a balanced view that demonstrates how much of Cuban racial ideology was actually left unchanged by the revolution. Finally, the book maintains that despite these shortcomings, the regime remains popular among the black minorities because they perceive their alternatives in the U.S. within the Miami Exile community to be far worse.


1. Race cycles, racial hierarchy, and inclusionary discrimination: a dynamic approach; 2. Freedom and discrimination: uneven inequality and inclusion in prerevolutionary Cuba; 3. Race and revolution; 4. Match made in heaven or strange bedfellows? Black radicals in Castro's Cuba; 5. Race and daily life in Cuba during the special period: part I - interview data; 6. Race and daily life in Cuba during the special period: part II - survey data; 7. Racial politics in Miami.

Prize Winner

Winner, 2007 W.E.B. DuBois Outstanding Book Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Winner, 2007 Ralph Bunche Award, American Political Science Association


"To my knowledge, Mark Sawyer's Racial Politics in Postrevolutionary Cuba is the first work that approaches that controversy-ridden problematique from as many convergent angles, all of which are deeply informed by a rich personal and not merely theoretical understanding of the subtle and multidimensional issues attached to racism as an historical and structural phenomena. Departing from the three traditional paradigmatic approaches to the question of race politics in Cuba-(continued underneath)

"Latin American exceptionalism, Marxian economicism and Black Nationalism Sawyer has broken new grounds that open up fresh analytical possibilities for the comprehension of race politics not solely in Cuba but in general. Indeed, one must keep in mind that, outside of the Haitian Revolution of 1804, the Cuban Revolution represented the most radical revolutionary experiment ever undertaken in race/class reconfiguration in the Western hemisphere. A brilliant analytical work, this book additionally provides a rare moment where objective scholarship and human sensibility fuse to give statistical data a truly human face."
Carlos Moore, Author of Castro the Blacks and Africa

"Sawyer combines personal anecdotes, interviews, survey data analysis, and historical coverage of prominent events to illuminate the complex realities of race relations in Cuba. Highly recommended."

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