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Adapting to Cuba's Shifting Food Landscapes: Women's Strategies of Resistance

MÉLANIE JOSÉE DAVIDSON and CATHERINE KRULL
Cuban Studies
Vol. 42 (2011), pp. 59-77
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24487501
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The food shortages and increased food prices that followed the destructive Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, and Paloma in autumn 2008 are an example of the many disruptions of the food system with which Cubans, and especially Cuban women, have had to struggle since the onset of the Special Period in the early 1990s. Focusing on the gendered nature of food acquisition and preparation, we examine the consequences of recurrent food shortages on Cuban women's use of time and the informal strategies of resistance that they have adopted to feed themselves and their families. La escasez y el aumento de precios de productos alimenticios, productos de las secuelas destructivas de los huracanes Gustav, Ike y Paloma en el otoño de 2008 ejemplificaron una vez más las interrupciones frecuentes en el sistema alimenticio con que los cubanos, y especialmente las mujeres cubanas, han tenido que luchar desde el comienzo del Período Especial en la década de los 90. Empleando un enfoque de género para analizar la adquisición y preparación de alimentos, se examina las consecuencias de las periódicas escaseces de alimentos sobre el uso de tiempo y las estrategias informales de resistencia que las mujeres cubanas han adoptado para alimentarse a si mismas y a sus familias.

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