978-1-56549-089-5 / 9781565490895

The Cuban Way: Capitalism, Communism and Confrontation


Publisher:Kumarian Pr Inc



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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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