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Cuban socialism in a new century : adversity, survival, and renewal /
edited by Max Azicri and Elsie Deal.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2004.
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xx, 363 p.
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0813027632 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2004.
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0813027632 (cloth : alk. paper)
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5327711
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
Because each of the 17 chapters in this work has a different author (two from Canada, four Cubans at the University of Havana, and the remainder US academicians, mostly from the University of Pennsylvania), the quality is not consistent. One author's information or ideological attitude regarding Cuba sometimes contradicts that of another. The Havana professors' contributions are of value but show a lack of academic freedom. The chapter about Cuban "Women's Daily Lives in a New Century" by the chair of the women studies program at the University of Havana is useful. But the data provided by the Cuban Minister of the Economy and Planning (and professor of economics) in "The Road to Economic Recovery" are suspect. The book is divided into seven "areas central to the evaluation of Cuba's standing in today's world: society, religion, economy, politics, military, migration, and international relations." No doubt this volume, though perhaps controversial, is a must for anyone interested in present-day Cuba. The volume is well edited and free of jargon. Many chapters present basic historical roots; each chapter contains notes, some rather extensive. The book includes a few statistical tables and a list of acronyms. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. A must for academic libraries. C. W. Arnade University of South Florida
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Exploring issues in relation to all aspects of society, this book brings together research from the entire decade since the end of the Cold War and includes the views of official insiders as well as academic scholars. The authors address topics that range from problems of everyday life to matters of general social and cultural change.
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In this collection, international social science experts on Cuba examine the island's main challenges and strengths at the dawn of the 21st century. Their essays offer a picture of a nation recovering from a period of severe economic adversity and diminished social status, yet keenly aware that hard work lies ahead. Exploring issues in relation to all aspects of society, this book brings together research from the entire decade since the end of the Cold War and includes the views of official insiders as well as academic scholars. The authors address topics that range from problems of everyday life to matters of general social and cultural change. Though still in distress, Cuba today has left behind the worst years, they conclude. Havana is moving forward through a complex renewal process, remaking some of the dated features of its political, economic, and social system. The book examines such critical subjects as migration, the rebirth of religious institutions, women and gender issues, demographic trends, the changing role of the Cuban Communist Party, social and cultural changes under the current Special Period in Peacetime, and newly adopted policies and objectives in international relations and economic recovery policies. It also addresses the military, presidential succession, new electioneering modalities, and the National Assembly of People's Power. It explores new approaches to foreign policy in light of the island's major long-term struggles--a driving desire for economic and political change and the ongoing conflict with hostile U.S. administrations. Demonstrating how a determined nation can chart its own destiny, this work clarifies and corrects generally held but mistaken assumptions about the tropical island. Both sympathetic and balanced, it offers an informed approach to understanding the complexities of contemporary Cuba. It will be invaluable both to policy makers and to students of Cuban and Latin American affairs.
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"Serious, critical observations of life on the island. . . . It is clear that most of this group of Canadian and U.S. writers have spent time inside Cuban society, paid close attention to internal Cuban politics, or have studied seriously the ever-problematic twists and turns of U.S.-Cuban relations."--Eloise Linger, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury In this collection, international social science experts on Cuba examine the island''s main challenges and strengths at the dawn of the 21st century. Their essays offer a picture of a nation recovering from a period of severe economic adversity and diminished social status, yet keenly aware that hard work lies ahead. Exploring issues in relation to all aspects of society, this book brings together research from the entire decade since the end of the Cold War and includes the views of official insiders as well as academic scholars. The authors address topics that range from problems of everyday life to matters of general social and cultural change. Though still in distress, Cuba today has left behind the worst years, they conclude. Havana is moving forward through a complex renewal process, remaking some of the dated features of its political, economic, and social system. The book examines such critical subjects as migration, the rebirth of religious institutions, women and gender issues, demographic trends, the changing role of the Cuban Communist Party, social and cultural changes under the current Special Period in Peacetime, and newly adopted policies and objectives in international relations and economic recovery policies. It also addresses the military, presidential succession, new electioneering modalities, and the National Assembly of People''s Power. It explores new approaches to foreign policy in light of the island''s major long-term struggles--a driving desire for economic and political change and the ongoing conflict with hostile U.S. administrations. Demonstrating how a determined nation can chart its own destiny, this work clarifies and corrects generally held but mistaken assumptions about the tropical island. Both sympathetic and balanced, it offers an informed approach to understanding the complexities of contemporary Cuba. It will be invaluable both to policy makers and to students of Cuban and Latin American affairs. Contents Part I. Introduction 1. Cuban Socialism in the Twenty-first Century, by Max Azicri Part II. Society 2. From Capitalist to Socialist Culture, and Back to Capitalist Values? by Jos A. Moreno 3. The Continuing Revolution, by Jean Weisman 4. Women’s Daily Lives in a New Century, by Norma Vasallo Barrueta 5. Demographic Transition and Population Policy, by Sonia I. Catas s Cervera Part III. Religion 6. The Church of the Past and the Church of the Future, by Margaret E. Crahan Part IV. Economy 7. The Road to Economic Recovery, by Jos Luis Rodr guez Garc a 8. Measuring Economic Performance: Strong and Weak Prospects, by Andrew Zimbalist Part V. Politics 9. The “Single Party of the Cuban Nation” Faces the Future, by William M. LeoGrande 10. The National Assembly and Political Representation, by Peter Roman 11. Socialism and Elections, by Arnold August 12. Presidential Succession: Legal and Political Contexts and Domestic Players, by Nelson P. Valdes Part VI. The Military 13. The Armed Forces Today and Tomorrow, by Hal Klepak Part VII. Migration to the United States 14. Migrating to the United States: Evolution, Change, and Continuity, by F lix Masud-Piloto Part VIII. International Relations 15. Policy Changes and New Objectives in World Relations, by H. Michael Erisman 16. The Cuba-U.S. Conflict in a New Century, by Esteban Morales Dom nguez
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"Serious, critical observations of life on the island. . . . It is clear that most of this group of Canadian and U.S. writers have spent time inside Cuban society, paid close attention to internal Cuban politics, or have studied seriously the ever-problematic twists and turns of U.S.-Cuban relations."--Eloise Linger, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury In this collection, international social science experts on Cuba examine the island's main challenges and strengths at the dawn of the 21st century. Their essays offer a picture of a nation recovering from a period of severe economic adversity and diminished social status, yet keenly aware that hard work lies ahead. Exploring issues in relation to all aspects of society, this book brings together research from the entire decade since the end of the Cold War and includes the views of official insiders as well as academic scholars. The authors address topics that range from problems of everyday life to matters of general social and cultural change. Though still in distress, Cuba today has left behind the worst years, they conclude. Havana is moving forward through a complex renewal process, remaking some of the dated features of its political, economic, and social system. The book examines such critical subjects as migration, the rebirth of religious institutions, women and gender issues, demographic trends, the changing role of the Cuban Communist Party, social and cultural changes under the current Special Period in Peacetime, and newly adopted policies and objectives in international relations and economic recovery policies. It also addresses the military, presidential succession, new electioneering modalities, and the National Assembly of People's Power. It explores new approaches to foreign policy in light of the island's major long-term struggles--a driving desire for economic and political change and the ongoing conflict with hostile U.S. administrations. Demonstrating how a determined nation can chart its own destiny, this work clarifies and corrects generally held but mistaken assumptions about the tropical island. Both sympathetic and balanced, it offers an informed approach to understanding the complexities of contemporary Cuba. It will be invaluable both to policy makers and to students of Cuban and Latin American affairs. Contents Part I. Introduction 1. Cuban Socialism in the Twenty-first Century, by Max Azicri Part II. Society 2. From Capitalist to Socialist Culture, and Back to Capitalist Values? by JosÉ A. Moreno 3. The Continuing Revolution, by Jean Weisman 4. Women's Daily Lives in a New Century, by Norma Vasallo Barrueta 5. Demographic Transition and Population Policy, by Sonia I. CatasÚs Cervera Part III. Religion 6. The Church of the Past and the Church of the Future, by Margaret E. Crahan Part IV. Economy 7. The Road to Economic Recovery, by JosÉ Luis RodrÍguez GarcÍa 8. Measuring Economic Performance: Strong and Weak Prospects, by Andrew Zimbalist Part V. Politics 9. The "Single Party of the Cuban Nation" Faces the Future, by William M. LeoGrande 10. The National Assembly and Political Representation, by Peter Roman 11. Socialism and Elections, by Arnold August 12. Presidential Succession: Legal and Political Contexts and Domestic Players, by Nelson P. Valdes Part VI. The Military 13. The Armed Forces Today and T
Table of Contents
Cuban socialism in the twenty-first centuryp. 3
From capitalist to socialist culture, and back to capitalist values?p. 51
The continuing revolutionp. 65
Women's daily lives in a new centuryp. 84
Demographic transition and population policyp. 100
The church of the past and the church of the futurep. 123
The road to economic recoveryp. 149
Measuring economic performance : strong and weak prospectsp. 163
The "single party of the Cuban nation" faces the futurep. 183
The national assembly and political representationp. 206
Socialism and electionsp. 223
Presidential succession : legal and political contexts and domestic playersp. 242
The armed forces today and tomorrowp. 259
Migrating to the United States : evolution, change, and continuityp. 283
Policy changes and new objectives in world relationsp. 303
The Cuba-U.S. conflict in a new centuryp. 320
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