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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.

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“Härkönen has provided readers with a comprehensive survey of life-cycle rituals that is sophisticated in showing how rules of reciprocity in Cuban kinship have changed over the life cycle, in history, and vary between genders. … an important contribution to the anthropology of Socialism, exposing readers to another example of the diverse cultural practices that have flourished in post-Socialist societies. … will be of particular interest to gender studies, post-Socialist studies, and Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean area studies researchers.” (Hope Bastian, Social Anthropology - Anthropologie Sociale, August, 2017)


"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)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $109.99
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  • 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
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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