Everyday Moral Economies: Food, Politics and Scale in Cuba

Everyday Moral Economies: Food, Politics and Scale in Cuba

by Marisa Wilson
     
 

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If one way of defining our global community is a shared consumer culture, then most Cubans are on the outside looking in. Inclusions and exclusions in the world of Cuban consumption are rationalized from without in terms of market inefficiencies, and from within in terms of nationalist and socialist discourses. This book examines how ordinary people in Cuba carve

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If one way of defining our global community is a shared consumer culture, then most Cubans are on the outside looking in. Inclusions and exclusions in the world of Cuban consumption are rationalized from without in terms of market inefficiencies, and from within in terms of nationalist and socialist discourses. This book examines how ordinary people in Cuba carve out their own spaces for ‘appropriate’ acts of consumption, exchange, and production within the contradictory normative and material spaces of everyday economic life.

Using food as a lens, Marisa Wilson uncovers the moral, ecological, political, and economic issues that Cubans in a rural town face on a daily basis - particularly disjunctures between the socialist-welfare ideal of food as an entitlement and the market value of food as a commodity. The book provides an important perspective on how ‘alternative’ projects to resist or counteract mainstream economies depend on their ability to ‘jump scale’ from local perspectives to wider normative and political economic relations, and back. Bridging the fields of geography and anthropology, this is a rare glimpse of everyday life in rural Cuba and of the complex political and economic negotiations ordinary people make in their daily 'struggle' to sustain themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118301920
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2013
Series:
RGS-IBG Book Series
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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‘Wilson provides a hugely important corrective to our tendency to take for granted the dominant systems of food production, exchange and consumption. Her ethnographic account of how ordinary Cubans live and link two coeval economic systems helps us to appreciate the underlying scales and values that all economic systems express. An excellent combination of the best of anthropology and human geography.’
Daniel Miller, Professor of Material Culture, University College London

Everyday Moral Economies is a fascinating study of food provisioning and the creation of value in contemporary Cuba.  Skilfully combining a geographical understanding of the politics of scale with an anthropological sensitivity to the vicissitudes of daily life, Marisa Wilson reveals how the contradictions between food-as-commodity (within globalised neoliberal markets) and food-as-entitlement (with a socialist planned economy) are resolved in everyday social practice.
Peter Jackson, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sheffield

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