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The Roles of Women, Children and Men in Household Food Planning, Purchasing, Preparation and Consumption in Santiago, Cuba


This work explores the roles of Women, Children and Men in Household food planning, purchasing, preparation and consumption in Santiago de Cuba. The data for this investigation were collected over a 10-week period during the Summer of 2008. This work focuses on Cuba’s second largest city, Santiago, located in the southeastern part of the island, Santiago provides an urban setting through which to view urban food cultivation and food symbolism in Cuba. Little scholarly work has been published on food issues in Santiago. Santiago is generally perceived of as being more “rural” than Havana; Santiagueros often selfidentify as guajieros or peasants, though the population is about 500,000 people and the average population density is about 500 people per square kilometer. Santiago’s tropical climate provides ideal growing conditions for many crops, including sugar, tobacco, coffee and fruit.

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