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Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas (American Encounters/Global Interactions)

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Over the past century, the banana industry has radically transformed Latin America and the Caribbean and become a major site of United States–Latin American interaction. Banana Wars is a history of the Americas told through the cultural, political, economic, and agricultural processes that brought bananas from the forests of Latin America and the Caribbean to the breakfast tables of the United States and Europe. The first book to examine these processes in all the western hemisphere regions where bananas are grown for sale abroad, Banana Wars advances the growing body of scholarship focusing on export commodities from historical and social scientific perspectives.

Bringing together the work of anthropologists, sociologists, economists, historians, and geographers, this collection reveals how the banana industry marshaled workers of differing nationalities, ethnicities, and languages and, in so doing, created unprecedented potential for conflict throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. The frequently abusive conditions that banana workers experienced, the contributors point out, gave rise to one of Latin America’s earliest and most militant labor movements. Responding to both the demands of workers’ organizations and the power of U.S. capital, Latin American governments were inevitably affected by banana production. Banana Wars explores how these governments sometimes asserted their sovereignty over foreign fruit companies, but more often became their willing accomplices. With several essays focusing on the operations of the extraordinarily powerful United Fruit Company, the collection also examines the strategies and reactions of the American and European corporations seeking to profit from the sale of bananas grown by people of different cultures working in varied agricultural and economic environments.

Contributors

Philippe Bourgois

Marcelo Bucheli

Dario Euraque

Cindy Forster

Lawrence Grossman

Mark Moberg

Laura T. Raynolds

Karla Slocum

John Soluri

Steve Striffler

Allen Wells

Synopsis:

The history of banana cultivation and its huge impact on Latin American, history, politics, and culture.

About the Author

Steve Striffler is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas and the author of In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900–1995 (Duke University Press), winner of the Labor Section of the Latin American Studies Association’s 2003 award for Best Book.

Mark Moberg is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of Myths of Ethnicity and Nation: Immigration, Work, and Identity in the Belize Banana Industry and Citrus, Strategy, and Class: The Politics of Development in Southern Belize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822331599
Editor:
Striffler, Steve
Editor:
Moberg, Mark
Editor:
Striffler, Steve
Editor:
Moberg, Mark
Editor:
Steve Striffler
Author:
Moberg, Mark
Author:
Joseph, Gilbert M.
Author:
Rosenberg, Emily S.
Author:
Striffler, Steve
Author:
Striffler
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
United Fruit Company - History
Subject:
Banana trade - South America - History
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 illustrations, 16 tables, 11 figures
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.24x6.30x1.13 in. 1.42 lbs.

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