International Migration in Cuba: Accumulation, Imperial Designs, and Transnational Social Fields

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byMargarita Cervantes-RodríguezForeword byAlejandro Portes

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Since the arrival of the Spanish conquerors at the beginning of the colonial period, Cuba has been hugely influenced by international migration. Between 1791 and 1810, for instance, many French people migrated to Cuba in the wake of the purchase of Louisiana by the United States and turmoil in Saint-Domingue. Between 1847 and 1874, Cuba was the main recipient of Chinese indentured laborers in Latin America. During the nineteenth century as a whole, more Spanish people migrated to Cuba than anywhere else in the Americas, and hundreds of thousands of slaves were taken to the island. The first decades of the twentieth century saw large numbers of immigrants and temporary workers from various societies arrive in Cuba. And since the revolution of 1959, a continuous outflow of Cubans toward many countries has taken place—with lasting consequences.

In this book, the most comprehensive study of international migration in Cuba ever undertaken, Margarita Cervantes-Rodríguez aims to elucidate the forces that have shaped international migration and the involvement of the migrants in transnational social fields since the beginning of the colonial period. Drawing on Fernand Braudel’s concept of longue durée, transnational studies, perspectives on power, and other theoretical frameworks, the author places her analysis in a much wider historical and theoretical perspective than has previously been applied to the study of international migration in Cuba, making this a work of substantial interest to social scientists as well as historians.

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Since the arrival of the Spanish conquerors at the beginning of the colonial period, Cuba has been hugely influenced by international migration. Between 1791 and 1810, for instance, many French people migrated to Cuba in the wake of the purchase of Louisiana by the United States and turmoil in Saint-Domingue. Between 1847 and 1874, Cub...

Margarita Cervantes-Rodríguez is Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:May 31, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271035390

ISBN - 13:9780271035390

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword by Alejandro Portes

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Theoretical Framework

2. Accumulation, Colonialism, Modernity, and Imperial Rivalry

3. Migration and Other Transnational Processes in the Colonial-Postcolonial Transition

4. Migration Within the U.S. Sphere of Influence

5. Cuba’s Cold War Revolution and Migration

6. Transnational Social Fields Between Cuba and the United States at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

Conclusion

Appendix A Sample of Enterprises with Strong Links to Spanish Migrants in the Americas

Appendix B Chronology of Major Events, Agreements, Laws, and Regulations Affecting Cuban Migration to the United States, 1959–2009

References

Index

Editorial Reviews

“[Margarita Cervantes-Rodríguez] makes a compelling argument that the 1959 Cuban revolution has obscured the importance of global capitalism's role in shaping migration to and from Cuba before and after the revolution.”

—J.K. Lipman, Choice