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Everyday Moral Economies: Food, Politics and Scale in Cuba



Everyday Moral Economies: Food, Politics and Scale in Cuba

Marisa Wilson

ISBN: 978-1-118-30202-6 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 264 Pages


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


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 Tutaño 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

“The book will be of interest to geographers engaged in debates on diverse economies, as well as those pursuing work on food security, food sovereignty, and/or the politics of food.”  (The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe Canadien, 25 October 2015)

"This book provides pragmatic insights into Cuban culture, which may be extremely useful as trade, travel, and diplomatic efforts increase between Cuba and the United States in the future." (Springer Nature, September 2015)