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The Cuban way : capitalism, communism, and confrontation
Jatar-Hausmann, Ana Julia, 1950-
Publication Information:
West Hartford, CT : Kumarian Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvii, 161 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm

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Central Library HC152.5 .J38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Focusing on the experiences of the people who actually reside on the island, this book is an original analysis of the economic policies and trends in socialist Cuba. The analysis is based on first-hand data collected during Dr. Jatar's multiple trips to Cuba in the past four years, including a survey of more than 200 self-employed individuals as well as interviews with government officials, academics and average Cubans on the street. Jatar emphasizes the unique aspects of Cuba's current economy. The issues discussed in each chapter are complemented with vignettes depicting the daily problems of real people. This adds depth to the discussion by presenting the reader with dilemmas and complexities of a socialist country in transition towards a more open economy. The reader sees that it has not been easy for Cubans to find the right mix of social equality and political freedom. The book is a result of Dr. Jatar's personal journey in that she was born in Cuba and left the island when she was only two years old. She returned to Cuba in 1994 and found a deep need to understand Cuban society. She decided to write the book to share this personal quest with those who share the same curiosity about Cuba.

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Choice Review

For an eminently readable and engaging overview of life in Cuba, there is no better volume one could choose. Skillfully weaving personal vignettes and scholarly research, Jatar-Hausmann (senior fellow, Inter-American Dialogue) provides a balanced perspective on the contradictions of an economy and society torn between two worlds. The level of presentation is so skillfully done that those knowing little about Cuban society as well as experts will come away with new insights. The chapter on the self-employed provides original data of great interest and will be especially useful to Cubanists, and the chapter on ending the "long distance war" between the US and Cuba is replete with thoughtful suggestions. Includes 33 tables and figures. Recommended for public, academic, and professional collections. J. L. Dietz; California State University, Fullerton

Table of Contents

1 The Same, but Different
2 Living with Socialism
3 Socialism or Growth: Cuba in the Golden '80s
4 The Early '90s: A Very "Special Period"
5 Hunting for Dollars
6 Capitalism "a la Cubana"
7 A Portrait of the Self-employed: Cuba's Landrafters
8 Bigger-is-Better Capitalism
9 What Comes Next? Ending the Long-distance Civil War

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