Informal Work: Cuentapropismo, La Lucha, and Jineterismo

  • Daliany Jerónimo Kersh


This chapter focuses on informal work (cuentapropismo, la lucha, and jineterismo). Unlike the majority of existing studies on cuentapropismo, Jerónimo Kersh demonstrates that female self-employment was often small scale and illegal. Through the combined analysis of press sources and oral history interview testimonies, she discusses the complex ways in which cuentapropismo and la lucha overlap while considering their unique characteristics. This chapter also establishes an original historical argument to the practice of jineterismo: that it was initially practiced out of economic desperation, but that many women continued to use sex work as an advancement strategy. It ultimately highlights new gendered divisions of labor given that unlike the women’s previous state professions, these new earning strategies often drew on ‘feminine’ skills.


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

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