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Posted November 2, 2011
Cuba in the Shadow of Change provides an in depth understanding of life amongst the Shadow Public, a new class of people that has developed during Cuba's period of late socialism. Although scholarly in content, Weinreb's account balances academic analysis with interesting and meaningful anecdotes, quotes and personal experience. It is well-written, engaging, and illuminating. Not just a helpful read for someone studying Cuba, but an important read for everyone to understand what really is going on just 90 miles away!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2009
Cuba in the Shadow of Change exposes a new sub-culture of Cubans. In her ethnography, Weinreb demonstrates her knowledge and understanding of a lesser-known Cuban "shadow public." The struggles and frustrations of the group Weinreb has named "unsatisfied citizen-consumers" are illustrated through the stories of her key informants. The reader becomes intimately aware of the challenges these individuals face in their everyday lives. Whether it's receiving a spoiled monthly allotment of eggs from the bodega or competing for dollar goods on the black market, readers come to know an astoundingly resilient and creative population. As an anthropologist, Weinreb not only crafts and supports her theoretical ideas, but does so with eloquence and a true understanding of her subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.