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By Heidi Härkönen

This booklet is an ethnographic research of gender, kinship, and love in modern Cuba. the focal point is at the lives of low-income Havana citizens over the lifestyles cycle from start to dying. The e-book files how kinship and love kin are created, reproduced, and negotiated at assorted existence phases via gendered dialectics of care, very important to either participants’ relationships and kingdom politics. within the strategy, via numerous practices and meanings, starting from rituals to understandings of sexual hope, gender turns into affirmed because the imperative social distinction characterizing Cuban society. The ebook argues that Cubans reside their lives embedded in social networks of care which are either emotionally and pragmatically vital to person lifestyles. even as, the island’s modern political and monetary alterations hold gendered effects to daily relationships, with the capability to introduce unforeseen adjustments to the lifestyles cycle.


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Connecting with the tendency to sexualize black Cubans (cf. Kutzinski 1993; Lumsden 1996: 42, 51, 147; Schmidt 2008: 162; Cabezas 2009: 98–101; Fernandez 2010: 121–127, 131–132; Allen 2011: 39, 45, 49, 157–166; INTRODUCTION: BODIES, LOVE, AND LIFE IN URBAN HAVANA 17 Roland 2011: 37–42, 54–58) such notions indicate the complexity of racialized ideas of desirability. The male body ideal is tall, athletic, and agreeably muscled. Men like to dress well and are usually carefully groomed with short hair (cf.

It ranges from providing someone material support to performing physical labor. Care is also emotional: to express tenderness or give someone a good piece of advice. Reciprocity defines Cubans’ conceptualizations of all types of care: while giving and receiving objects creates a mutual bond between persons, so does the giving and receiving of nurture in the form of bodily practices and emotional engagements.  Stasch 2009) in terms of which Habaneros negotiate kinship and love. Care also allows Cubans to create new relationships; playing a central role in the reproduction of social relations over time.

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