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Kinship, Love, and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba

To Not Die Alone

Authors: Härkönen, Heidi

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Kinship, Love, and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba is an ethnographic analysis of gender, kinship, and love in contemporary Cuba. The book documents how low-income Havana residents negotiate their social relations through gendered caring practices over the life cycle from birth to death.

About the authors

Heidi Härkönen gained her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology in the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 2014. She has been Visiting Research Scholar at the City University of New York Graduate Center, USA, and Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Reviews

"In this masterful ethnography, Heidi Härkönen weaves together discussions of the material conditions of post-Soviet era Cuba, critical moments in life such as coming of age, having children, and dying, and personal stories of kinship, love, and caring. In so doing, this book offers new perspectives on the issues of political economy, matrifocality and gender in the Caribbean, while relating these issues to global transformations of postcolonialism and postsocialism." - Kevin Birth, Professor of Anthropology at Queen's College, CUNY, USA and author of Objects of Time: How Things Shape Temporality
"In this masterful ethnography, Heidi Härkönen weaves together discussions of the material conditions of post-Soviet era Cuba, critical moments in life such as coming of age, having children, and dying, and personal stories of kinship, love, and caring. In so doing, this book offers new perspectives on the issues of political economy, matrifocality and gender in the Caribbean, while relating these issues to global transformations of postcolonialism and postsocialism." - Kevin Birth, Professor of Anthropology at Queen's College, CUNY, USA and author of Objects of Time: How Things Shape Temporality

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Bodies, Love, and Life in Urban Havana

    Härkönen, Heidi

    Pages 1-25

  • Kinship as an Idiom for Social Relations

    Härkönen, Heidi

    Pages 27-49

  • Fertility and Reproduction: Having a Child Is Worth the Trouble

    Härkönen, Heidi

    Pages 51-88

  • Becoming a Woman: Quince as a Moment of Female Sexuality

    Härkönen, Heidi

    Pages 89-105

  • Love, Sexuality, and Adult Gender Relations: Nobody Likes Sleeping Alone

    Härkönen, Heidi

    Pages 107-145

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58076-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58075-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kinship, Love, and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba
Book Subtitle
To Not Die Alone
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58076-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58076-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58075-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 247
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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