By Andrea J Queeley
"Contributes new views on ancient black identification formation and modern activism in Cuba."--Choice
"Provides valuable perception into the histories and lives of Cubans who hint their origins to the Anglo-Caribbean."--Robert Whitney, writer of country and Revolution in Cuba: Mass Mobilization and Political switch, 1920-1940
"Adds a lacking piece to the present literature in regards to the renewal of black activism in Cuba, the entire whereas displaying the hyperlinks and fractures among pre- and post-1959 society."--Devyn Spence Benson, Davidson College
In the early 20th century, workers from the British West Indies immigrated to Cuba, attracted via employment possibilities. The Anglo-Caribbean groups flourished, yet after 1959, lots of their cultural associations have been dismantled: the revolution dictated that during the identify of solidarity there will be no hyphenated Cubans. This booklet turns an ethnographic lens on their descendants who--during the distinctive interval within the 1990s--moved to "rescue their roots" via revitalizing their ethnic institutions and reestablishing ties outdoor the island.
Based on Andrea J. Queeley's fieldwork in Santiago and Guantánamo, Rescuing Our Roots seems at neighborhood and neighborhood identification formations in addition to racial politics in innovative Cuba. Queeley argues that, because the island skilled a resurgence in racism due partially to the emergence of the twin financial system and the reliance on tourism, Anglo-Caribbean Cubans revitalized their groups and sought transnational connections not only within the wish of fabric help but additionally to problem the organization among blackness, inferiority, and immorality. Their wish for social mobility, political engagement, and a greater monetary scenario operated along the struggle for black respectability.
Unlike so much reports of black Cubans, which specialise in Afro-Cuban faith or pop culture, Queeley's penetrating research bargains a view of options and modes of black belonging that go beyond ideological, temporal, and spatial boundaries.
A quantity within the sequence modern Cuba, edited by means of John M. Kirk
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