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Miami’s Forgotten Cubans

Race, Racialization, and the Miami Afro-Cuban Experience

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  • 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

Part of the book series: Afro-Latin@ Diasporas (ALD)

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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.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, USA

    Alan A. Aja

About the author

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.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Miami’s Forgotten Cubans

  • Book Subtitle: Race, Racialization, and the Miami Afro-Cuban Experience

  • Authors: Alan A. Aja

  • Series Title: Afro-Latin@ Diasporas

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-57523-4Published: 31 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-57045-1Published: 31 August 2016

  • Series ISSN: 2945-6835

  • Series E-ISSN: 2945-6843

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 240

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Latin American Culture

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