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Women’s Work in Special Period Cuba

Making Ends Meet

Authors: Kersh, Daliany Jeronimo

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  • Examines women’s labor in post-Soviet Cuba, focusing on five main sources of income that women used to survive, including the black market, entrepreneurship, sex work, tourism sector work, and state employment, as well as combinations of work in different sectors
  • Uses the theoretical framework of individual and collective memory to illuminate labor conditions for Cuban women since 1989
  • Builds upon the feminisation thesis that Cuban women were disproportionately affected by the post-Soviet Special Period economic crisis
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The abrupt loss of Soviet financial support in 1989 resulted in the near-collapse of the Cuban economy, ushering in the almost two decades of austerity measures and severe shortages of food and basic consumer goods referred to as the Special Period. Through the innovative framework of individual and collective memory, Daliany Jerónimo Kersh brings together analysis of press sources and oral histories to offer a compelling portrait of how Cuban women cleverly combined various forms of paid work to make ends meet. Disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis given their role as primary caregivers and household managers and unable to survive on devalued state salaries alone, women often employed informal and illegal earning strategies. As she argues, this regression into gendered work such as cooking, sewing, cleaning, reselling, and providing sexual services precipitated by the post-Soviet crisis to a large extent marked a return to pre-revolutionary gendered divisions of labor.

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Daliany Jerónimo Kersh is Assistant Professor of International History at Richmond, The American International University in London.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women’s Work in Special Period Cuba
Book Subtitle
Making Ends Meet
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05630-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05630-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05629-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 255
Number of Illustrations
8 illustrations in colour
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