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Rescuing Our RootsThe African Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba$
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Andrea J. Queeley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061092

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061092.001.0001

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Special Identities in Cuba’s Special Period

Special Identities in Cuba’s Special Period

Race, Region, and Revitalization

(p.111) 3 Special Identities in Cuba’s Special Period
Rescuing Our Roots

Andrea J. Queeley

, John M. Kirk
University Press of Florida

Though the field research upon which this book is based was conducted after the Special Period, the author marshals ethnographic description in chapter 3 to illustrate the ways in which the economic crisis continued to be a presence in the lives of Cubans. Queeley contextualizes the revitalization of Anglo-Caribbean associations during and beyond the Special Period, examining its intersection with personal, community, national, and regional alliances. She goes on to discuss the efforts of the Anglo-Caribbean community in Cuba to establish connection with the larger Anglophone Caribbean, paying particular attention to how that connection is situated within Cuba-CARICOM (Caribbean Community) relations and thus folded into the agenda of the state. This particular ethnic revitalization differs from those of other groups in Cuba, as Cubans of Anglo-Caribbean origin highlight anti-Black racism as a central part of their experience. Chapter 3 closes on the cases of two Rastas of Anglo-Caribbean origin to explore generational differences in articulations of diasporic connections.

Keywords:   Special Period, Cuba, economic crisis, ethnic revitalization, regional alliance, CARICOM, the state, racism

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