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Everyday Adjustments in Havana


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Acknowledgements Introduction: Understanding Inequality in Cuba Chapter 1: The Political and Social Context of Contemporary Cuba Chapter 2: Changing Configurations of Capital and Logics of Stratification in Cuban Society Chapter 3: Stratification, Income, and Cultural Consumption in Contemporary Cuba Chapter 4: "Adjusting To the Adjustment": Household Reproduction Strategies and New Economic Spaces in Havana, 2010-2015 Chapter 5: The Rebirth of Real Estate: Reproducing Class Inequalities in Havana Epilogue: New Social Groups in Havana, 2015-2016 Appendix A: Frequent Research Contacts, Informal Interviews References Index About The Author

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Hope Bastian is professor at San Geronimo College, University of Havana, and associate director of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Havana, Cuba.


Bastian is uniquely positioned to explain the intricacies and conundrums of daily life in contemporary Cuba. Her years of experience in Havana teaching foreign university students shine through in this detailed and entertaining book. Everyday Adjustments in Havana opens our eyes to new empirical data and a fresh conceptual take on social capital. Bastian's methodological and theoretical innovations bring to life Cuban debates about egalitarianism and inequality. Spirited anecdotes and considered analysis reveal how social, political, and financial capital are converging to shape the island's development. -- Adrian H. Hearn, The University of Melbourne
Everyday Adjustments in Havana: Economic Reforms, Mobility, and Emerging Inequalities is a pathbreaking study of daily life in Cuba that provides essential information for policy makers, scholars, and those curious about the way Cubans are attempting to fulfill a fundamental 20th Century revolutionary goal in the 21st Century. Hope Bastian's study focuses on inequality in Cuba, the eradication of which was a primary objective and success of the Revolution and has been a continuing central concern. Based on her extensive fieldwork as an anthropologist, and her use of primary data much of which the book presents for the first time outside of Cuba, Dr. Bastian demonstrates how Cubans changed the criteria of social hierarchies after the Soviet Union collapsed and then again since the government introduced new economic guidelines in 2011, adjusted to new labor market and small business opportunities in unexpected ways, and upended long-established community connections that had provided support and continuity in times of change. Richly detailed with personal stories, Everyday Adjustments in Havana is written in an engaging style that makes it equally accessible to specialists and non-specialists. -- Philip Brenner, American University
A meticulously researched study of class and social stratification in the context of Cuba's changing economy, written by a scholar with intimate knowledge of the island. -- Elise Andaya, University at Albany

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