The Cuban Family

Custom and Change in an Era of Hardship


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About the Book

This work explores how relationships of blood, marriage, sex, and residence work in each type of Cuban family, particularly as it is affected by Cuba’s struggle to transform its economy. It also examines historical perspectives on the contemporary Cuban family, ethnicity and race, marriage, the extended family, family rights, the emigrating family, United States’ citizenship issues, religion and the Cuban-American family.
Tables list such details as population numbers, age, life expectancy, growth, birth, and death rates, immigration and mortality rates, HIV rates and literacy. The book also includes narratives of childhood memories from pre-revolutionary Cuba to the late 20th century, providing fresh insights into the cultural value attached to the family.

About the Author(s)

The late Rosemarie Skaine was a sociologist and lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her writing interests included families and women’s issues.

Bibliographic Details

Rosemarie Skaine
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1677-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8175-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1

1. Historical Perspectives on the Cuban Family      5
2. Influences on Today’’s Cuban Family      16
3. The Impact of Society on the Cuban Family      45
4. Cuban Family Rights and Forms      57
5. Politics, Emigration and Families      75
6. Emigration to the United States      95
7. Cuban American Families      119
8. Family Narratives of Life in Cuba      141
9. Family Narratives of Life in the United States      151
10. Looking Forward      160

Appendix 1: Selected Provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba      167
Appendix 2: The Family Code of Cuba      171
Notes      173
Bibliography      191
Index      203

Book Reviews & Awards

“fresh insights”—Cuban American Alliance.