Transformation And Struggle

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This is the second of two volumes to bear witness to the Cuban experience. Together with its predecessor, Cuba: Twenty-Five Years of Revolution, it offers a positive account. Yet, it is sensitive to the dilemmas and flawed strategies in Cuba's thirty-year process of transformation. It warns that no preconceived notion of state or of development will help grasp the multifaceted nature of this nation, which reflects aspects of both developed and underdeveloped nations. Seventeen chapters, five of which are from Cuban contributors, thoroughly investigate recent political, economic, and social changes as well as the successes and failures of long-term development policies. Heavy attention is paid to the rectification process launched by Castro in 1986.

This volume portrays a Cuba facing the 1990s with a burst of increased vigor in its efforts to secure continued far-reaching transformation. Seventeen chapters describe major changes in the economic realm caught up in the rectification campaign; a slow process of liberalization in the political sphere; and a Cuba that, in social terms, is far better off than any other Latin American country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275932282
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/9/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

SANDOR HALEBSKY is Professor of Sociology at St. Mary's University and is co-editor of Cuba: Twenty Five Years of Revolution.

JOHN M. KIRK is Professor of Spanish at Dalhousie University and is co-editor of Cuba: Twenty Five Years of Revolution.

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Table of Contents


The Political: State, Society, and the Citizen

The Cuban Rectification: Safeguarding the Revoluton While Building the Future by Max Azicri

Socialism and Democracy: Some Thoughts after 30 Years of Revolution in Cuba by Marifefi Perez-Stable

The Matter of Democracy in Cuba: Snapshots of Three Moments by Carollee Bengelsdorf

The Changing Role of Law in Revolutionary Cuba by Debra Evenson

Human Rights in Cuba: Politics and Ideology by Tony Platt and Ed McCaughan

The Economy: Productivity, Development, and Equity

The Cuban Economy: A Current Assessment by Jose Luis Rodriguez

Agricultural Policy with Social Justice and Development by Eugenio R. Balari

Agricultural Production Cooperatives and Cuban Socialism: New Approaches to Agricultural Development by Mieke Meurs

Cuba's Economic Diversification: Progress and Shotcomings by Andrew Zimbalist

Some Reflections on the Cuban Economic Model by Claes Brundenius

The Supply of Consumer Goods in Cuba by Eugenio R. Balari

The Social: Systems of Relationship, Status, and Social Services

The Cuban Family in the 1980s by Lois M. Smith and Alfred Padula

Cuba's New Professionals by Frank T. Fitzgerald

The Changing Class Structure in the Development of Socialism in Cuba by Mayra Espina Prieto and Lilia Nunez Moreno

The Catholic Faith and Revolution in Cuba: Contradictions and Understanding by Aurelio Alons Tejada

Cuban Housing Policy by Jill Hamberg

Whither Cuban Medicine? Challenges for the Next Generation by Sarah M. Santana

Selected Bibliography


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