International Migration in Cuba: Accumulation, Imperial Designs, and Transnational Social Fields (Hardback)
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International Migration in Cuba: Accumulation, Imperial Designs, and Transnational Social Fields (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 30/11/2010
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Since the arrival of the Spanish conquerors at the beginning of the colonial period, Cuba has been hugely influenced by international migration. Between 1791 and 1810, for instance, many French people migrated to Cuba in the wake of the purchase of Louisiana by the United States and turmoil in Saint-Domingue. Between 1847 and 1874, Cuba was the main recipient of Chinese indentured laborers in Latin America. During the nineteenth century, more Spanish people migrated to Cuba than anywhere else in the Americas, and hundred of thousands of slaves were taken to the island during that century. The first decades of the twentieth century saw large numbers of immigrants and temporary workers from various societies arrive in Cuba. And since the revolution of 1959, a continuous outflow of Cubans toward many countries has taken place, with lasting consequences. In this book, the most comprehensive study of international migration in Cuba ever undertaken, Margarita Cervantes-Rodriguez aims to elucidate the forces that have shaped international migration and the involvement of the migrants in transnational social fields since the beginning of the colonial period. Drawing on Fernand Braudel's concept of longue duree, transnational studies, perspectives on power, and other theoretical frameworks, the author places her analysis in a much wider historical and theoretical perspective than has previously been applied to the study of international migration in Cuba, making this a work of substantial interest to social scientists as well as historians.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271035383
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"International Migration in Cuba uses Cuban history as an analytical base and Fernand Braudel's concept of longue dur e as an analytical framework to demonstrate that migration is more often than not the product of the designs and actions of the worldwide system of dependency spawned by global capitalism as it promotes and sustains deep-rooted social pathologies and human despair on a global scale. It is a welcome addition to research on colonialism, imperialism, globalization, and transnational migration. A must-read for all who are interested in the field of global studies."

--Georges E. Fouron, Stony Brook University


"A pathbreaking work that will become foundational for migration studies as well as Cuban and American studies, International Migration in Cuba brings to bear the knowledge of Caribbeanists that local history is global and that migration is central to this dynamic. The book stands apart from and above most of the scholarship on Cuban migration. In a narrative that is sweeping yet precise, Margarita Cervantes-Rodr guez places Cuba within the historical forces that shaped Spain, the United States, and the Cuban diaspora. By applying and developing the concept of transnational social fields, Cervantes-Rodr guez highlights how people on the move have shaped, and been shaped by, capital accumulation, class differentiation, racialization, social movements, and ideological struggle."

--Nina Glick Schiller, director of the Cosmopolitan Cultures Institute, University of Manchester


"Margarita Cervantes-Rodr guez's work represents an ambitious intellectual project: to draw together, in a single volume, the various periods, groups, and locations of immigrants in Cuba and its emigrants to the United States, Spain, and other countries. Its main contribution is to integrate a widely disparate literature in several languages and on a broad range of topics. Cervantes-Rodr guez substantially advances current debates about the multiple links among migration, transnationalism, capitalism, and globalization."

--Jorge Duany, University of Puerto Rico, R o Piedras, author of The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States (2001)


"Cervantes-Rodr guez recounts this compelling human drama with the passion and sweep of neo-Marxian world-historical analysis and her own memories as the granddaughter of Spanish immigrants to Cuba who fled the country because of Fidel Castro's repression of immigrant entrepreneurship."

--Foreign Affairs


"[Margarita Cervantes-Rodr guez] makes a compelling argument that the 1959 Cuban revolution has obscured the importance of global capitalism's role in shaping migration to and from Cuba before and after the revolution."

--J.K. Lipman, Choice

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