Words and Means

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

in Cuba in the Shadow of Change

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033693
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039695 | DOI:
Words and Means

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Part II of this book, “Means”, is about means of speaking, means of obtaining consumer products, and means of earning in late-socialist Cuba. This chapter introduces the “Special Period lexicon” and some key words with reappropriated meanings. It considers the four most important and widely circulating verbs concerning means of getting things done in Cuba during the Special Period: luchar, resolver, conseguir, and inventor. Using these words as an organizing principle, it describes Cuban “means”, or income-generating strategies—legal, illegal, informal, and discreetly in the shadows.

Keywords: Special Period; late-socialist Cuba; consumer products; income generation; black market; luchar; inventar

Chapter.  7586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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