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Afro-Latin@ Diasporas

Miami’s Forgotten Cubans

Race, Racialization, and the Miami Afro-Cuban Experience

Authors: Aja, Alan A.

  • Applies the lens of race in re-framing the complex, segmented realities of the Cuban-American experience
  • Argues that Afro-Cuban experiences of reception were vastly different than their predominantly “white” counterparts in South Florida
  • Serves as a perfect example of how seemingly discrete locations can illustrate a myriad of the central concerns Afro-Latin@ Diaspora interrogates
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This book explores the reception experiences of post-1958 Afro-Cubans in South Florida in relation to their similarly situated “white” Cuban compatriots. Utilizing interviews, ethnographic observations, and applying Census data analyses, Aja begins not with the more socially diverse 1980 Mariel boatlift, but earlier, documenting that a small number of middle-class Afro-Cuban exiles defied predominant settlement patterns in the 1960 and 70s, attempting to immerse themselves in the newly formed but ultimately racially exclusive “ethnic enclave.” Confronting a local Miami Cuban “white wall” and anti-black Southern racism subsumed within an intra-group “success” myth that equally holds Cubans and other Latin Americans hail from “racial democracies,” black Cubans immigrants and their children, including subsequent waves of arrival and return-migrants, found themselves negotiating the boundaries of being both “black” and “Latino” in the United States.

About the authors

Alan A. Aja is Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York, USA. His individual and collaborative publications have appeared in a range of scholarly and public outlets, including Ethnic Studies Review, Social Research, Latino/a Research Review, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Dissent, The American Prospect, The Washington Post, The Nation, and New Politics. His research focuses on intra-Latinx racism, stratification economics, wealth inequality, educational inequities, economic democracy, and grassroots to policy-level responses to inter-group disparities. Prior to academia, Aja worked as a labor organizer in Texas.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: If Elián Were Black?

    Aja, Alan A.

    Pages 1-26

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  • “It’s Like Cubans Could Only Be White,” Divided Arrival: Origins of a Racially Bifurcated Migration

    Aja, Alan A.

    Pages 27-60

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  • Beyond El Ajiaco: Eviction from el Exilio (1959–1979) and Miami’s (White) Cuban Wall

    Aja, Alan A.

    Pages 61-106

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  • “You Ain’t Black, You’re Cuban!”: Mariels, Stigmatization, and the Politics of De-Racialization (1980–1989)

    Aja, Alan A.

    Pages 107-142

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  • “They Would Have Tossed Him Back into the Sea,” Balseros, Elián, and Race Matters in the Miami Latinx Millennium (1990-present)

    Aja, Alan A.

    Pages 143-173

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Buy this book

eBook 76,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57045-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57523-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Miami’s Forgotten Cubans
Book Subtitle
Race, Racialization, and the Miami Afro-Cuban Experience
Authors
Series Title
Afro-Latin@ Diasporas
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57045-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57045-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57523-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 240
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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