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When Racial Inequalities Return: Assessing the Restratification of Cuban Society 60 Years After Revolution

  • Katrin Hansing (a1) and Bert Hoffmann (a2)

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Few political transformations have attacked social inequalities more thoroughly than the 1959 Cuban Revolution. As the survey data in this article show, however, sixty years on, structural inequalities are returning that echo the prerevolutionary socioethnic hierarchies. While official Cuban statistics are mute about social differences along racial lines, the authors were able to conduct a unique, nationwide survey with more than one thousand respondents that shows the contrary. Amid depressed wages in the state-run economy, access to hard currency has become key. However, racialized migration patterns of the past make for highly unequal access to family remittances, and the gradual opening of private business disfavors Afro- Cubans, due to their lack of access to prerevolutionary property and startup capital. Despite the political continuity of Communist Party rule, a restructuring of Cuban society with a profound racial bias is turning back one of the proudest achievements of the revolution.

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Conflicts of interest: Katrin Hansing and Bert Hoffmann declare none.

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When Racial Inequalities Return: Assessing the Restratification of Cuban Society 60 Years After Revolution

  • Katrin Hansing (a1) and Bert Hoffmann (a2)

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