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Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba

Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba


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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521848077

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  • This book analyzes the triumphs and failures of the Castro regime in the area of race relations. It places the Cuban revolution in a comparative and international framework and 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. The book maintains that Cuba has not been a racial democracy as some have argued. However, it also argues that Cuba has done more than any other society to eliminate racial inequality. The contemporary outlook of the book demonstrates how much of Cuban racial ideology was unchanged by the revolution. Thus, the current implementation of market reforms and in particular tourism has exacerbated racial inequalities. Finally, it holds that despite these shortcomings, the regime remains popular among blacks because they perceive their alternatives of the US and the Miami Exile community to be far worse.

    • Covers Cuban and African-American politics
    • Gives a cultural and political account of Afro-Cubans in contemporary Cuba
    • Traces the development of Cuban national culture and race
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    • Winner of the 2007 Ralph Bunche Award - American Political Science Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521848077
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Mark Q. Sawyer, University of California, Los Angeles
    Mark Sawyer currently holds appointments as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science and with the Bunche Institute for African American Studies at UCLA. He is currently on leave until 2005 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Program at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1999, he received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 1999 and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the politics of the African Diaspora, urban politics, African American Political Thought, and a General Education Cluster in Interracial Dynamics. Professor Sawyer has published articles in journals that include: the Journal of Political Psychology, Perspectives on Politics, and SOULS.


    • Winner of the 2007 Ralph Bunche Award - American Political Science Association
    • Winner of the 2007 W. E. B. DuBois Outstanding Book Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists

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