Cuba And The Politics Of Passion

Paperback | December 15, 2000

byDamián J. Fernández

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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.

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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 affectio...

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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 affectio...

Damián J. Fernández is Chair and Professor of International Relations at Florida International University.

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Format: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

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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

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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