Cuban-American Political Culture and Civic Organizing - Ceresa, Robert M.
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This book studies civic organizations in Miami's Cuban community. Few places in the United States have been transformed by immigration the way Miami has been transformed by Cuban exiles. Cuban civic organizations help to explain why this is the case. Civic organizations are the heart of the story of the social and political power and influence of Miami's Cuban community. This community is home to a broad tradition of active political participation and many civic organizations. The sheer number of organizations suggests they have something to do with the community's considerable vibrancy and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book studies civic organizations in Miami's Cuban community. Few places in the United States have been transformed by immigration the way Miami has been transformed by Cuban exiles. Cuban civic organizations help to explain why this is the case. Civic organizations are the heart of the story of the social and political power and influence of Miami's Cuban community. This community is home to a broad tradition of active political participation and many civic organizations. The sheer number of organizations suggests they have something to do with the community's considerable vibrancy and civic capacity. How do the organizations work? How have they managed to be so successful over so many years? What can be learned about successful civic organizing from their experience? How will changing United States-Cuba relations impact Cuban civic organizations, and, in turn, broader Miami? These are questions this book helps to answer.
Autorenporträt
Robert M. Ceresa is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Huston-Tillotson University, USA. He is interested in the politics of culture, particularly the role actors at the local level play in shaping larger cultural environments. His work addresses the questions of how cultural resources are used in the context of civic and political engagement efforts, and how these choices make a difference in politics.
Inhaltsangabe
1Introduction: Constructivist Cultural Politics1

2Difference in the Midst of Cohesion352.1Studying Civic Organizations442.2Ethnicity as Organizing Strategy 48References52 
3Cultural Change and Formation and Civic Organizations53References84
4Approach, Methods, Measures, and Data884.1Measuring Political Culture93References99
5Political Theory as Political Culture1015.1Political Culture in Cuban Miami1035.1.1Liberalism's Politics and Citizenship1085.1.2Corporatism's Politics and Citizenship1125.1.3Clientelism's Politics and Citizenship1145.2The Political Culture of Civic Organizations1145.3Service versus Participation1175.4Cultural Strategy and Political Performance 120References127
6Visions of Civic Agency1296.1Individuals with Civic Virtue1306.1.1Process and Objectives in the League Against Cancer1306.1.2Process and Objectives in Cuban Consensus1376.2The Community with its Traditional Social Life1476.2.1Process and Objectives in the Municipalities1476.2.2Process and Objectives at Saints Peter and Paul1556.3.Conclusion163References164
7Purposes of Civic Engagement1657.1Forging Connections with the Larger World1657.2Building the Community Participants Call Home1697.3Politics of Civic Engagement180
8Conclusion182References187
Index189