By comparing the current reform process under President Raúl Castro to Cuba’s opening to market capitalism during the 1990s Special Period crisis, Everyday Adjustments in Havana: Economic Reforms, Mobility, and Emerging Inequalities highlights the differences and continuities between adjustments in both periods and their social impacts. It explores the impacts of specific policies such as the expansion of self-employment and the recreation of a private housing market, examining how changes in domestic and international policies after 2011 have modified the post-Special Period status quo and contributed to the formation of new social groups that did not previously exist in Cuba’s Socialist society.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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
About The Author