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Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America

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“I want to learn how to defend myself from whoever tries to oppress me, whether it’s my husband, my union, or my boss.”—a bananera

Women banana workers—bananeras—are waging a powerful revolution by making gender equity central in Latin American labor organizing. Their successes disrupt the popular image of the Latin American woman worker as a passive bystander and broadly re-imagine the possibilities of international labor solidarity.

Over the past 20 years, bananeras have organized themselves and gained increasing control over their unions, their workplaces, and their lives. Highly accessible and narrative in style, Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America recounts the history and growth of this vital movement.

Starting in 1985 with one union in La Lima, Honduras, and expanding domestically through the late 1990s, experienced activists successfully reached out to younger women with a message of empowerment. In a compelling example of transnational feminism at work, the bananeras crossed borders to ally with banana workers in five other banana exporting countries in Latin America, arguing all the while that empowering women at every level of their organizations makes for stronger unions, better able to confront the ever-encroaching multinational corporations.

When the bananeras of Latin America, with their male allies, explicitly integrate gender equity into their organizing work as essential to effective labor internationalism—when they refuse to separate the global struggle against trans-national corporations from the formidable efforts at home to achieve equity and respect—they inspire all of us to envision a new framework for internationalism that places women’s human rights at the center of global class politics.

A professor of American studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, Dana Frank focuses on US and international labor issues. Published in The Washington Post, The Nation, and other periodicals, she is the author of Buy American and, with Robin D.G. Kelley and Howard Zinn, of Three Strikes.

Book News Annotation:

A specialist in US and international labor issues, Frank (history, U. of California-Santa Cruz) describes how women are impacting the unions of banana workers in Latin America and beginning to overlap with other poor women's social movements in the region. Their politics, she says, emerged partly out of women's struggles in the revolutionary movements of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, and partly from the middle-class Latin American feminisms of the 1980s and 1990s.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

A specialist in US and international labor issues, Frank (history, U. of California-Santa Cruz) describes how women are impacting the unions of banana workers in Latin America and beginning to overlap with other poor women's social movements in the region. Their politics, she says, emerged partly out of women's struggles in the revolutionary movements of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, and partly from the middle-class Latin American feminisms of the 1980s and 1990s. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Banana workers wage a quiet revolution in Latin American labor organizing by making women's issues central.

About the Author

A professor of American Studies at UCSC, Dana Frank focuses on US and international labor issues. Also published in the Washington Post, The Nation, and other publications, she is the author of Buy American and, with Howard Zinn and Robin D. G. Kelley, Three Strikes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896087552
Author:
Frank, Dana
Publisher:
South End Press
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Employees
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - Unions
Subject:
Banana trade - Latin America - Employees
Subject:
Women agricultural laborers -- Latin America.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 BandW photographs
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 in 6.5 oz

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Business » Human Resource Management
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » World Feminism
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Latin America » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America

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