El Salario no Alcanzaba’: The Salary Did Not Stretch

  • Daliany Jerónimo Kersh


This chapter provides an economic perspective by discussing the dramatic deterioration in the quality of daily life after the demise of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and subsequent near collapse of the Cuban economy. Through an original combined analysis of press sources and oral history interview testimonies, Jerónimo Kersh gives meaning to the pragmatic importance of wages and disposable income with regard to choosing a form of employment during the Special Period. By exploring the complexities of extreme shortages of food and reduced access to consumer goods, ‘El Salario no Alcanzaba’ illustrates how and why Cuban women needed an alternative form of income above their state wage in order to survive such a hostile economic climate characterized by emerging inequalities.


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  • Daliany Jerónimo Kersh
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  1. 1.Richmond, The American International UniversityLondonUK

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