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Antoni Kapcia (ed.), Rethinking Past and Present in Cuba: Essays in Memory of Alistair Hennessy . London: Institute of Latin American Studies, 2018. xv + 210 pp. (Paper US $ 30.00) Alistair Hennessy died in 2013, having brought a breadth of scholarship to the study of Cuba that continues to be
Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Chang and Alice Ming Wai Jim
Special Issue on “Transpacific Minor Visions in Japanese Diasporic Art”
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Stephan Palmié and Elizabeth Pérez
Focusses on the Abukuá associations, Afro-Cuban male initiatory secret societies, as such originated in Regla, Havana in 1836. Authors describe how Abakuá titleholders gained powerful social and labour positions in the Havana area, and how they were eventually outlawed in 1876. They point out how Abakuá societies by and since then were designated as negative and criminal in the public sphere, and condemned by many writers and politicians. They show how published accounts of Abakuá since the late 19th c and early 20th c. were thus seldom merely descriptive, but were presented as proof of Cuba's lagging modernity, and of a for some undesired Africanization. They further relate how Fernando Ortiz's studies and work on Abakuá fit in this. They note how Ortiz' s earlier "criminal anthropology" work on Abakuá was in the same negative and criminalizing vein, yet they point at changes, as in time he described and evaluated Abakuá as more positive, and as part of Cuban culture. They describe how Ortiz dedicated much effort to studying different aspects of Abakuá, and that extensive notations on these became part of his archive, which, as he told fellow-scholars, he would work out in an eventual monograph on Abakuá. The authors deplore that this monograph was not only never published, but also seems to have been lost.
Jay R. Mandle
Shalini Puri, The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory . New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. xiv + 341 pp. (Paper US $35.00) This book is an important and unique contribution to the literature on the Grenada Revolution, providing a politically useful
J. Michael Dash
Eva Sansavior & Richard Scholar (eds.), Caribbean Globalizations: 1492 to the Present Day . Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014. 274 pp. (Cloth US$ 98.34) In her polemical exchange with the Creolité writers, Annie Le Brun attacked a 1991 article by Milan Kundera, which praised the