Dollars, Means, and the New Cuban Class System

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:
Dollars, Means, and the New Cuban Class System

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This chapter discusses what the legalization of dollars means for the trajectory of Cuba's socialist project. Specifically, it explores how the stratification of the population through differential access to dollars has spawned social changes related to types of employment, social and discursive networks, the relationship to the state, lifestyle, and the laws or philosophies that govern earning—all which have implications for Cuba's socialist future. It describes the moments of new tension between Cubans with and without access to dollars to illustrate the boundaries between citizens, and to understand better the placement of unsatisfied citizen-consumers in the spectrum of poverty and wealth in Cuba.

Keywords: dollar legalization; Cuba's socialist; population stratification; Cuban poverty; monetary dualism

Chapter.  6699 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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