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The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society

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Does a civil society actually exist in Cuba today and if so what is its nature and role? In seeking answers to this hotly contested and highly politicized question, Alexander Gray and Antoni Kapcia have assembled an impressive and diverse group of contributors.

 

The essays in The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society range from general discussion of the private sector to case studies about volunteer work, religious entities, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). ...

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Overview

Does a civil society actually exist in Cuba today and if so what is its nature and role? In seeking answers to this hotly contested and highly politicized question, Alexander Gray and Antoni Kapcia have assembled an impressive and diverse group of contributors.

 

The essays in The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society range from general discussion of the private sector to case studies about volunteer work, religious entities, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the economic crisis in 1990, the Cuban state has experienced severe challenges, and individuals have been forced to respond in unexpected ways to ensure their economic survival. Avoiding polemics and preconceptions, this volume brings a fresh and welcome perspective to one of the most vexing issues in Cuban society today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031927
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/8/2008
  • Series: Contemporary Cuba Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander I. Gray, a researcher in the European Network of Excellence on International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion, is the editor of Conflict Resolution and European Legacies of War. Antoni Kapcia, professor of Latin American history at the University of Nottingham and professor invitado at the University of Havana, is the author of Cuba: Island of Dreams.

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Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures     vii
List of Abbreviations     ix
Introduction: Responding to Crisis at the Grass Roots   Alexander I. Gray   Antoni Kapcia     1
Setting the Stage for a Discussion of Cuban Civil Society: The Nature of Cuban "Communism" and the Revolution's Political Culture   Antoni Kapcia     20
Civil Society: The Cuban Debate   Michelle Marin-Dogan     40
The Rise of the Private Sector in Cuba   Francisco Dominguez     65
Rediscovering Lo Local: The Potential and the Limits of Local Development in Havana   Miren Uriarte     90
Solidarity Organizations and Friendship Groups: Internationalist Volunteer Work Brigades and People-to-People Ties   Nino Pagliccia     116
"A Space within the Revolution": Religious Cubans and the Secular State   Christine Ayorinde     140
The Genesis of NGO Participation in Contemporary Cuba: Perceptions from the Field, as Reported by Local and Foreign NGO Representatives   Alexander I. Gray     160
Conclusion   Alexander I. Gray   Antoni Kapcia     183
Glossary     189
About the Contributors     191
Index     193
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