Money, Love, and Fragile Reciprocity in Contemporary Havana, Cuba

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Harkonen , H 2019 , ' Money, Love, and Fragile Reciprocity in Contemporary Havana, Cuba ' , Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology , vol. 24 , no. 2 , pp. 370-387 . https://doi.org/10.1111/jlca.12367

Title: Money, Love, and Fragile Reciprocity in Contemporary Havana, Cuba
Author: Harkonen, Heidi
Contributor organization: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2019-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
ISSN: 1935-4932
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jlca.12367
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314669
Abstract: Among low-income Havana residents, men frequently give money and other forms of material support to women in whom they have a romantic interest. For women, men's material contributions are expressions of responsibility and care. While men share this view to a degree, they sometimes have more ambiguous emotions regarding such practices. These tensions in different views of gendered reciprocity are influenced by large-scale changes that have taken place in Cuban society since the 1990s. Although, traditionally, state socialism has embraced ideas of gender egalitarianism and women's independent income, the post-Soviet period has seen the emergence of new inequalities, dependencies, and marginalizations that threaten earlier, socialist understandings of intimacy. The importance that women currently place on material wealth in terms of their views of a desirable partner highlights the gendered consequences of Cuba's contemporary economic transformations and their complex interplay with individuals' aspirations for love.
Subject: Cuba
gender
reciprocity
love
money
care
sexuality
kinship
economy
postsocialism
the Caribbean
5143 Social and cultural anthropology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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