Iberoamericana. América Latina - España - Portugal (Jun 2014)

Do Bananas Have a Culture? United Fruit Company Colonies in Central America 1900-1960

  • Atalia Shragai

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 11, no. 42
pp. 65 – 82


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This article is concerned with the processes underlying the development of the unique identifications and culture which evolved among the First Class Workers of the United Fruit Company - the vast majority of whom were citizens of the United States, working alongside Europeans and Central Americans - during the first half of the twentieth century. Examining the social and cultural practices widespread among the Company’s colonies, I trace the nature of the ‘Banana Culture’, a term coined by the members of this group.