Measures of Equality: Social Science, Citizenship, and Race in Cuba, 1902-1940 / Edition 1

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As the Cuban Republic came into being, political debates concentrated on the relationship between race and citizenship, specifically the inclusion of male former slaves and descendants. Bronfman examines the intellectual and legal turmoil in Cuba's first half century of independence to reveal the political effects of the debates in the social sciences and the law about the definition of race.

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"An important contribution to the historiography on the construction of race and political identity in Latin America and the Caribbean. . . . [This] ought to be required reading for scholars and graduate students who specialize in the construction of race and national identities in Latin America and the Caribbean."—The American Journal of Legal History

"An exciting and innovative study that will surely influence scholarship on twentieth-century Cuba for some time."—Hispanic American Historical Review

"Brilliant and entertaining . . . Takes us from such fractious beginnings to the construction of black political identities in the 1930s. A virtuoso performance that contributes a great deal to our understanding of Cuban social and intellectual history. . . . Sets out a provocative agenda for further research."—American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807855638
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/2004
  • Series: Envisioning Cuba Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandra Bronfman is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1 Unsettled and Nomadic: Law, Anthropology, and Race 17
2 Social Science and the Negro Brujo 37
3 Barbarism and Its Discontents 67
4 Contested Histories: Public Memory and Collective Identities 87
5 Social Science, State-Making, and the Politics of Time 107
6 The Politics of Blackness on the Eve of Revolution 135
7 From Comparsas to Constitutions 159
Epilogue 183
Notes 187
Bibliography 207
Index 229
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