Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America

ISBN-10: 0801848873

ISBN-13: 9780801848872

Edition: 1995

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Description: In January 1927 Gus Comstock, a barbershop porter in the small Minnesota town of Fergus Falls, drank eighty cups of coffee in seven hours and fifteen minutes. The New York Times reported that near the end, amid a cheering crowd, the man's "gulps were labored, but a physician examining him found him in pretty good shape." The event was part of a marathon coffee-drinking spree set off two years earlier by news from the Commerce Department that coffee imports to the United States amounted to five hundred cups per year per person. In Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America, a distinguished international group of historians, anthropologists, and sociologists examine the production, processing, and marketing of this important commodity. Using coffee as a common denominator and focusing on landholding patterns, labor mobilization, class structure, political power, and political ideologies, the authors examine how Latin American countries of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries responded to the growing global demand for coffee. This unique volume offers an integrated comparative study of class formation in the coffee zones of Latin America as they were incorporated into the world economy. It offers a new theoretical and methodological approach to comparative historical analysis and will serve as a critique and counter to those who stress the homogenizing tendencies of export agriculture. The book will be of interest not only to experts on coffee economies but also to students and scholars of Latin America, labor history, the economics ofdevelopment, and political economy.

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.02" long x 0.82" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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"From Plantation to Cup": Coffee and Capitalism in the United States, 1830-1930
The Labors of Coffee in Latin America: The Hidden Charm of Family Labor and Self-Provisioning
Coffee and the Rise of Commercial Agriculture in Puerto Rico's Highlands: The Occupation and Loss of Land in Guaonico and Roncador (Utuado), 1833-1900
Peasant, Farmer, Proletarian: Class Formation in a Smallholder Coffee Economy, 1850-1950
In Difficult Times: Colombian and Costa Rican Coffee Growers from Prosperity to Crisis, 1920-1936
Labor System and Collective Action in a Coffee Export Sector: Sao Paulo
Wage Labor, Free Labor, and Vagrancy Laws: The Transition to Capitalism in Guatemala, 1920-1945
Indians, Communists, and Peasants: The 1932 Rebellion in El Salvador
At the Banquet of Civilization: The Limits of Planter Hegemony in Early-Twentieth-Century Colombia
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