New Book: Handbook of Contemporary Cuba

HC-HandbookCuba_10Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization (2013), edited by Mauricio A. Font and Carlos Riobó, is out this month.

Description: Cuban Studies is a highly dynamic field shaped by the country’s distinctive political and economic circumstances. The Handbook of Contemporary Cuba is an up-to-date and comprehensive survey offering the latest research available from a broad array of disciplines and perspectives. The Handbook’s general introduction and its section introductions survey the key literature in the field in relation to rapidly changing events on the island and in global political and economic affairs. For students, scholars, and experts in government, the Handbook of Contemporary Cuba is vital to any collection on Latin American studies or global politics.

Handbook of Contemporary Cuba offers contributions by leading scholars from the United States, Cuba, Europe, and other world regions: Pavel Vidal Alejandro; Carlos Alzugaray; Carmen Antón-Guardiola; Maria Aristigueta; Larry Catá Backer; Miguel Barnet; Hilary Becker; José Chofre-Sirvent; Amparo Sánchez Cobos; Margaret Crahan; Mauricio A. Font; Alberto Gabriele; Armando Nova González; Mario A. González-Corzo; Yvon Grenier; Camila Piñeiro Harnecker; Zoya Kocur; Emily Morris; Armando Chaguaceda Noriega; J.R. Paron; Robert A. Portada III; Carlos Riobó; Archibald R. M. Ritter; Jorge Luis Romeu; David Strug; Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva.

Key features of the book:

  • Intertwines the study of several spheres of Cuban society (economy, culture, history, religion, media, race, and others) to develop a clear and balanced assessment of its organization and the reform process evolving since the 1990s.
  • Exemplifies a fruitful, balanced academic collaboration with scholars from the University of Havana and other institutions in Cuba, making a contribution to rigorous academic exchange.
  • Includes interdisciplinary coverage.
  • Builds a strong foundation to further research on contemporary Cuban society.
  • Makes an important contribution to Cuban studies.
  • Maintains a strong focus on Raúl Castro’s reforms and their impact.
  • Offers a panoramic overview of contemporary Cuba.
  • Illuminates changing processes and actors.
  • Generates fundamental discussion on the changing dynamics of Cuban society.
  • Provides compelling data and analysis of the changing Cuban economic model in the “Economics” section in The Handbook.

About the editors: Mauricio A. Font is Director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York. Carlos Riobó is Associate Professor of Latin American literature and cultures, Chairman of his department at The City College of New York, and Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at CUNY.

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