Kinship, Love, and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba

To Not Die Alone

  • Heidi Härkönen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Heidi Härkönen
    Pages 27-49
  3. Heidi Härkönen
    Pages 147-187
  4. Heidi Härkönen
    Pages 189-220
  5. Heidi Härkönen
    Pages 221-227
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-247

About this book


Kinship, Love, and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba focuses on the lives of low-income Havana residents over the life cycle from birth to death. The book documents how kinship and love relations are created, reproduced, and negotiated at different life stages through gendered dialectics of care, important to both individuals' relationships and state politics. In the process, through a variety of practices and meanings ranging from rituals to understandings of sexual desire, gender becomes affirmed as the central social difference characterizing Cuban society. The book argues that Cubans live their lives embedded in social networks of care that are both emotionally and pragmatically central to individual existence. At the same time, the island's contemporary political and economic changes carry gendered consequences to everyday relationships, with the potential to introduce unexpected changes to the life cycle.


Cuba Havana Latin America care dialectics of care family relations gender life course life cycle rituals. love money post-socialism reproduction sexuality socialism the Caribbean Kinship

Authors and affiliations

  • Heidi Härkönen
    • 1
  1. 1.HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58075-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58076-4
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