The Combination of Different Types of Work

  • Daliany Jerónimo Kersh


By employing four individual case studies, Jerónimo Kersh not only questions and reassesses the collective narratives in the international literature and Cuban press by demonstrating that combining multiple earning strategies was a daily phenomenon, but she also makes a general hypothesis about the overall nature of women’s ‘choices’ and earning strategies, and why they employed them. She illustrates how women would often maintain a state career for prestige and security while employing an informal—and often illegal—second home-based earning strategy to generate higher earnings and manage their increased domestic labor. By taking a historical perspective, this chapter also shows how combining distinct forms of employment did not become commonplace until the mid-1990s when the legalization of the dollar and cuentapropismo inspired such ingenuity.


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

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