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The Commodity-Form in Cuba’s Telecom and Wireless Services: A Marxist Political Economy Overview

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2018-03-01
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Abstract
In contemporary Cuba, there is a blatant contradiction between the high prices of telecom and wireless services, controlled by a state monopoly, and the weak purchasing power of the working class. This contradiction evidences a process of commodification that cannot be simply traced back to the partial privatizations that the Cuban telecom system experienced after the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the 1990s. Commodification is derived from a broader restructuring of the state socialist economy that started in the 1990s: the state-led appropriation of value in circulation when value is in the money form. In the context of a crisis in accumulation, obstacles against changing the conditions in production fostered transformations in the domain of circulation to appropriate value in the hands of the state. Within these transformations, partial privatizations and the commodification of the telecom and wireless services have played a key role for the national economy.
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Munoz Nieves, Carol. 2018. "The commodity-form in Cuba’s telecom and wireless services: a Marxist Political Economy overview." EPTIC, January-April, 20(1): 205-219.
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EPTIC
Document title
The Commodity-Form in Cuba’s Telecom and Wireless Services: A Marxist Political Economy Overview
Date
2018
Volume
20
Issue
1
First page
205
Last page
219
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Yes
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English
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