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Title: Los que se quedan : non-migrant experiences of emigration, absence and diaspora in contemporary Cuba
Author: O'Shea, Patrick
ISNI:       0000 0004 5352 5361
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2014
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Fundamentally, this thesis explores emigration, exile and diaspora as central experiences of contemporary Cuban society and culture but, crucially, understands the processes of experience as lived mutually and simultaneously by both those who emigrate and those who do not. Through interviews conducted in Cuba, the biographical narratives of those who have not emigrated serve to interrogate some assumptions that characterise the study of Cuba and attempt to account for the complexity of the Cuban cultural encounter with emigration, exile and diaspora since 1959. A generational approach is employed to better understand how the absence of family members, friends, colleagues and compatriots has been experienced over several generations of Cubans living on the island. Intertwined discourses of migration mediate various iterations of national, family and interpersonal relationships through complex and often conflictive emotional and psychological processes of separation and absence over time. The manner in which the absences of those who have left are articulated in the imaginations of those who have stayed can cast a certain degree of illumination upon how exile and emigration have been lived in contemporary Cuba, not exclusively as political or economic experiences, but as nuanced social and cultural experiences of diaspora.
Supervisor: Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Encarnacion; Kumaraswami, Parvathi Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Cuba ; emigration ; diaspora ; non-migrant ; absence ; separation ; exile