Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba


This book analyzes the triumphs and failures of the Castro regime in the area of race relations. It places the Cuban revolution in a comparative and international framework and challenges arguments that the regime eliminated racial inequality or that it was profoundly racist. Through interviews, historical materials, and survey research, it provides a balanced view. The book maintains that Cuba has not been a racial democracy as some have argued. However, it also argues that Cuba has done more than any other society to eliminate racial inequality. The contemporary outlook of the book demonstrates how much of Cuban racial ideology was unchanged by the revolution. Thus, the current implementation of market reforms and in particular tourism has exacerbated racial inequalities. Finally, it holds that despite these shortcomings, the regime remains popular among blacks because they perceive their alternatives of the US and the Miami Exile community to be far worse.
  • Cambridge University Press; November 2005
  • ISBN: 9780511133718
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  • Title: Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba
  • Author: Mark Q. Sawyer
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

"To my knowledge, Mark Sawyer's Racial Politics in Postrevolutionary Cuba is the first work that approaches that controversy-ridden problematique from as many convergent angles, all of which are deeply informed by a rich personal and not merely theoretical understanding of the subtle and multidimensional issues attached to racism as an historical and structural phenomena. Departing from the three traditional paradigmatic approaches to the question of race politics in Cuba-(continued underneath)