Offering a rare glimpse of rural life in modern-day Cuba, this book examines how ordinary Cubans carve out their own spaces for appropriate acts of consumption, exchange, and production within the contradictory normative and material spaces of everyday economic life. * Discusses the conflict between the socialist-welfare ideal of food as an entitlement and the market value of food as a commodity * Bridges the fields of human geography and anthropology * Approaches food networks and the scale of food systems in a novel way * Provides a comprehensive look at Cuba today, with coverage of history, politics, economics, and social and environmental justice * Enhanced by vivid photos from the field
Marisa Wilson is a social anthropologist and Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Her present research involves political and moral economies of food and (un)sustainable consumption, especially in relation to uneven processes of globalization and neoliberalization in the Caribbean. She has published in both geography and anthropology journals, including Food, Culture and Society, the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, the International Journal of Cuban Studies, and the Journal of Rural and Community Development.
Series Editors Preface ix Preface xi Acknowledgements xxiii List of Acronyms xxv 1 Introduction 1 2 The Historical Emergence of a National Leviathan 33 3 Scarcities, Uneven Access and Local Narratives of Consumption 73 4 Changing Landscapes of Care: Re-distributions and Reciprocities in the World of Tutano Consumption 99 5 Localizing the Leviathan: Hierarchies and Exchanges that Connect State, Market and Civil Society 121 6 The Scalar Politics of Sustainability: Transforming the Small Farming Sector 153 7 Conclusion 181 Appendices 199 Index 211