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Political Disaffection in Cuba's Revolution and Exodus


Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521687294

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  • The Cuban exodus is estimated to consist of around 12 percent of the country's population. It harbors several distinct waves of migrants, alike only in their final rejection of Cuba. Silvia Pedraza links the revolution and 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. 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. Through the use of two major research strategies - participant observation and in-depth, semi-structured interviews - Pedraza captures the processes of political disaffection and emphasizes the contrasts among the four major waves of the exodus not only in their social characteristics but also in their attitudes as members of different political generations.

    • 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
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    'Pedraza's study is unique … an excellent and important contribution to the still-too-limited literature on Cuba's 1959 Revolution … the contributions offered by Pedraza's volume are more important than ever.' The Review of Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 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
    political prisoners
    the dialogue
    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of Latinos in the U.S.
    • Semianr on Latin American Politics
  • Author

    Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Silvia Pedraza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Political and Economic Migrants in America: Cubans and Mexicans (1985) and the co-editor of Origins and Destinies: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in America (1996, with Ruben G. Rumbaut). She has also published articles in such journals as Social Science History and the Annual Review of Sociology. A child of the Cuban refugee exodus, she lived through both a dictatorship and a revolution, which left an indelible mark on her research.

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