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Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States annotated edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0292712561
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an elegant book, well suited for classroom use, that weaves together environmental, labour and consumer histories...Soluri deftly shows that our national blinders and existing typologies have obscured as much as they have revealed. This excellent book deserves a wide readership."-Cindy Forster, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 28, No. 2, April 2009

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JOHN SOLURI is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; annotated edition edition (January 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292712561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292712560
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Zavala on March 25, 2006
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I very much enjoyed this book! It offers some interesting insights into the history of banana production in Honduras from an agro-ecological perspective. The impact of pathogens on patterns of production is not often highlighted, and this book does just that.

However, this work also attempts to do too much and in the end (in this case, quite literally -- in the Conclusion), it doesn't do enough of all that it sets out to do. A tighter analysis on the role of the state in banana production would have improved the overall analysis. A sharper historical perspective would have also served this purpose. Furthermore, a wider discussion of the issue of memory in the Chapter on Prision Verde would have made a discussion of collective memory add a new and interesting dimension to the overall project.

In sum, the book is very interesting and the moves the author makes (including the literary analysis, as well as his highlighting the trials of producers in the face of plant diseases, etc.) result in making this work a very interesting read! This book is worth having in any collection of works on Central America!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam I Am TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2008
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This book contains much valuable information for anyone interested in the business/corporate culture of Honduras, and the way that American government and business interests have negatively affected the lives and well-being of the Honduran people.

The author does an excellent job of explaining the problems with banana fungus and how the wonder treatment from the West - pesticides sprayed through high-powered hoses, the bananas then dipped into acid baths to take off the residue of the pesticide, had a long-term impact on the Honduran agricultural workers. Some of them claim that they sweated blue dye from their pores, ruining mattresses, sheets and clothing - the health problems were far more dire, including early death from respiratory illnesses.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobby K on May 14, 2007
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To us they are just bananas, but to Honduras they were a major source of income until big business got involved. If you want to see how big business can destroy a source of income for many small farmers and destroy the local environment, then this is the book for you. Read about how promises were made but not kept by big business. See how business "leaders" were doing just fine but local workers were struggling to make a living. Healthcare or benefits, for the local worker, why? The struggle goes on for the local Honduran people while the banana business just moved on.
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By Torym on May 28, 2013
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This book is more about Honduras bananas than the whole banana culture and banana republics. I enjoyed it, as part of three books on bananas and politics.
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