Cuban Studies 43

In This Review

Cuban Studies 43
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015
264 pp.

A new editorial team led by Alejandro de la Fuente draws on scholarship from Cuba and around the world to make this multidisciplinary journal a must-read for those looking beyond the headlines for a deeper understanding of the rapid changes taking place on the island. This issue of the journal focuses on demographic trends. In one article, Sergio Díaz-Briquets warns of an alarming population decline, the consequence of low fertility rates and out-migration. He accuses Havana of “mortgaging the future for immediate short-term economic gain” by encouraging young Cubans to emigrate and send remittances back home. Alejandro Portes and Aaron Puhrmann document sharp divides within the Cuban American enclaves of South Florida, between the wealthier and better-networked arrivals of the 1960s and 1970s and the less well-educated, more isolated—and much less successful—Cuban immigrants who came later. These more recent immigrants have produced a resurgent transnationalism, as many continue to engage with their families in Cuba. Still unclear, however, is whether those ties across the Straits of Florida will generate greater political openness in Cuba or whether the Cuban regime’s labor-exporting policies will promote a Vietnamese model of a hybrid economy under a single-party state.

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