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By Damián J. Fernández

Cuban politics has lengthy been notable for its passionate depth, and but few students have explored the influence of feelings on political attitudes and motion in Cuba or somewhere else. This ebook therefore bargains a massive new method through bringing emotions again into the learn of politics and displaying how the politics of ardour and affection have interacted to form Cuban background during the 20th century. Dami?n Fern?ndez characterizes the politics of ardour because the pursuit of an ethical absolute for the country as a complete. whereas this kind of pursuit rallied the Cuban humans round charismatic leaders corresponding to Fidel Castro, Fern?ndez unearths that it additionally set the level for disaffection and disconnection whilst the grand target by no means totally materialized. even as, he finds how the politics of affection--taking care of friends and family outdoor the formal constructions of government--has ironically either undermined kingdom regimes and helped them stay in strength by way of developing an off-the-cuff survival community that offers what the kingdom can't or won't.

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Although ser informal (to be informal) is not usually a positive trait in Cuban society, there is a benign appreciation or tolerance of it. Informality is commonly contrasted with the staid and the formal, the pedantic. The moral base of informality is personal exceptionalism, affection, love, and ser buena gente, which require spontaneity, flexibility, and relaxation of official norms to accommodate particular needs and wants. From the perspective of lo informal, love and affection should come first.

32 Usually emotions have short-term purposes. They are closely related to beliefs and normative criteria that are usually not verbalized. Beliefs, desires, and emotions are intimately bundled together. They are both an individual and a collective phenomenon. Part and parcel of this theoretical grounding is the acknowledgment that a holistic theory of human action would not only incorporate the affective dimension of individual and collective behavior but would recognize as well that rationality and emotions are neither necessarily nor always polar opposites.

The Politics of Affection The politics of affection revolve around who you know and who you love. , compadrazgo), and clientelism bind individuals together in small groups. 44 Yet the politics of affection rest on norms that run counter to modern normativity. In practice the ‘‘premodern’’ norms of affection coexist with modern ones, albeit sometimes in tension. Affection broadly defined acts as the glue for primary group formation where membership is restricted to familiarity. As with other groups, hierarchy and reciprocity are combined with instrumental interests.

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