Cuba's Racial Crucible

The Sexual Economy of Social Identities, 1750–2000

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Publisher Description

This prize-winning study examines the historical interplay of racial identity, nationality, and family formation in Cuba from the 18th century to today.

Since the 19th century, there have been two opposing perspectives on Cuban racial identity: one that frames Cubans as white, and one that sees them as racially mixed based on acceptance of African descent. For the past two centuries, these competing views of have remained in continuous tension, while Cuban women and men make their own racially oriented decisions about choosing partners and family formation.

Cuba’s Racial Crucible explores the historical dynamics of Cuban race relations by highlighting the role race has played in reproductive practices and genealogical memories associated with family formation. Karen Y. Morrison reads archival, oral-history, and literary sources to demonstrate the ideological centrality and inseparability of "race," "nation," and "family," in definitions of Cuban identity. Morrison also analyzes the conditions that supported the social advance and decline of notions of white racial superiority, nationalist projections of racial hybridity, and pride in African descent.
Winner, NECLAS Marissa Navarro Best Book Prize

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2015
May 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
373
Pages
PUBLISHER
Indiana University Press
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
4.8
MB

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