Cuba And The Politics Of Passion by Damián J. FernándezCuba And The Politics Of Passion by Damián J. Fernández

Cuba And The Politics Of Passion

byDamián J. Fernández

Paperback | December 15, 2000

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Cuban politics has long been remarkable for its passionate intensity, and yet few scholars have explored the effect of emotions on political attitudes and action in Cuba or elsewhere. This book thus offers an important new approach by bringing feelings back into the study of politics and showing how the politics of passion and affection have interacted to shape Cuban history throughout the twentieth century.

Damián Fernández characterizes the politics of passion as the pursuit of a moral absolute for the nation as a whole. While such a pursuit rallied the Cuban people around charismatic leaders such as Fidel Castro, Fernández finds that it also set the stage for disaffection and disconnection when the grand goal never fully materialized. At the same time, he reveals how the politics of affection-taking care of family and friends outside the formal structures of government-has paradoxically both undermined state regimes and helped them remain in power by creating an informal survival network that provides what the state cannot or will not.

Damián J. Fernández is Chair and Professor of International Relations at Florida International University.
Title:Cuba And The Politics Of PassionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:December 15, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292725205

ISBN - 13:9780292725201


Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  1. Bringing Back that Loving Feeling: Passion, Affection, and Politics
  2. With Feeling Now: The Political Culture of Cuba Reconsidered
  3. Emotional Political History: Cuba in the Twentieth Century
  4. An Affair of the Heart: Passions, Affection, and Revolution
  5. Losing that Loving Feeling: The Regeneration of Passion and Affection
  6. Where Did Our Love Go? The Politics of lo informal
  7. But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? Passion, Affection, and Civil Society in Transition
  8. Epilogue: Passion and Affection from a Distance
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book makes a provocative contribution to the field of Cuban studies. Damián Fernández has put his finger on the pulse of Cuban political culture and has offered us an innovative reading of the island's past, present, and possible futures." - Marifeli Pérez-Stable, Professor of Sociology, SUNY College at Old Westbury