Drawing on the work of contributors from a variety provinces, institutions, and disciplines, Social and Solidarity Economy in Cuba examines the role of Social and Solidarity Economics (SSE) amidst national change in Cuba. The contributors examine a variety of topics, including public–private relations, production chains, gender roles, vulnerable groups, social participation, social balance, and the training of stakeholders. Depicting both challenges and opportunities, this book makes a strong and sustained case for solidary and socially responsible practices in Cuba.
Rafael J. Betancourt is associate professor in the Center for Demographic Studies at the University of Havana.
Jusmary Gómez Arencibia is associate professor of sociology at the University of Havana.
Chapter 1 Socialism Is the Solution, Not the Problem. A Solidary and Socially Responsible Formula for a Prosperous Economy, by Enrique Gómez Cabezas
Chapter 2 Now More than Ever, a Social and Solidary Economy Is Necessary to Build Socialism in Cuba, by Rafael J. Betancourt
Chapter 3 The Social and Solidarity Economy: Integrating Bases, Experiences and Possible Projections for Socialist Development in Cuba, by Ovidio D’Angelo Hernández
Chapter 4 The Foundations of Popular and Solidarity Economics as Fulfillment of the Social Property of All People in the Socialist Transition, by Luis del Castillo Sánchez
Chapter 5 Participatory Budgeting: A Management Tool for Local Development in Cuba, Seen from the Experiences of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, by Orestes J. Díaz Legón and Maidolys Iglesias Pérez
Chapter 6 The Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups as Subjects of Development: Proposals from the Viewpoint of the Solidarity Economy, by Geydis Fundora Nevot and Reynaldo Miguel Jiménez Guethón
Chapter 7 Population, Value Chains, and Social and Solidarity Economy: Epistemological Alignments, by Dianné Griñan Bergara
Chapter 8 Do Public–Private Partnerships Have Room in the Present Cuban Context? Notes from a Practical Experience, by Mirlena Rojas Piedrahita
Chapter 9 Business Social Responsibility of the State Enterprise: The Experience of the Center of Molecular Immunology, by Jusmary Gómez Arencibia and Mirlena Rojas Piedrahita
Chapter 10 Cooperatives in the Restarted Reforms: Some Proposals for a Law of Cooperatives, by Camila Piñeiro Harnecker
Chapter 11 The Cooperative as an Energizing Agent of the Social and Solidarity Economy Model in Cuba, by Yamira Mirabal González and Iriadna Marín de León
Chapter 12 Participation in the Strategies and Social Management of Non-agricultural Cooperatives in Centro Habana Municipality, by Francisco Damián Morillas Valdés
Chapter 13 Committing to Cooperative Solidarity Labor: The Taxi Rutero 2 experience, by Mirell Pérez González
Chapter 14 Cooperative Social Balance: A Useful Tool to Establish a Social and Solidarity Economy, by Oscar Llanes Guerra, Mercedes Zenea Montejo, Annia Martínez Massip, and Lienny García Pedraza
Chapter 15 Gender Perspective Viewed from the Model of Social Balance in Agricultural Cooperatives in Villa Clara, by Annia Martínez Massip, Lienny García Pedraza, Oscar Llanes Guerra, Mercedes Zenea Montejo, Lázaro Julio Leiva Hoyo, Anelys Pérez Rodríguez, Elianys de la Caridad Zorio González
Chapter 16 Business Social Responsibility in Local Development: A Look at the Training of Local Actors in the Province of Mayabeque, by Orquídea Hailyn Abreu González, Yuneidys González Espinosa, Joanna Gasmury Roldán
Chapter 17 “Go for it: You can do it!”: The Solidarity Experience of Female Entrepreneurs, by Jusmary Gómez Arencibia
Chapter 18 Business Social Responsibility Does Not Go Unnoticed in Cuban Private Enterprises, by William Bello Sánchez
Chapter 19 Institutional Social Responsibility and Subjectivity, by Consuelo Martin Fernández and Jany Bárcenas Alfonso
This book is an important contribution to the global project to humanize the economy. The Cuban socialist context gives a new opportunity to market socialist ideals established through economic democracy. Importantly, it also enriches conversations contributing to the radical imagination required for transformation into a sustainable society.
This exciting collection of articles examines aspects of Cuban development through the lens of a social and solidarity economy, demonstrating its transversality and potential for transformation toward a more egalitarian, sustainable, and environmentally conscious society. Social and Solidarity Economy in Cuba is an obligatory reference point for Cubans and non-Cubans alike to reflect on the past, present, and future of Cuba in a geo-global perspective.
Social and Solidarity Economy in Cuba: Foundations and Practices for Socialist Development is a broad and rich collection of essays which argues, both theoretically and with concrete examples, that contrary to being ‘anti-socialist,’ many of the participatory mechanisms and procedures of the social and solidarity economy are exactly what Cuba needs to use more extensively today to achieve its 63-year declared goal of building a socialism as it was understood in the 18th century—not only for all of society, but also by all of society.
This book demonstrates a solid theoretical and practical understanding of socialism based on solidarity and cooperation between actors at multiple social levels. Making a strong argument for the creation of sustainable, participative socioeconomic organizations, this valuable collection is sure to stimulate good practice and generate productive debate within and far beyond Cuba.