In the Shadows of State and Capital tells the fascinating story of the contest between the United Fruit Company and Ecuadoran banana growers between 1900 and 1995. Rather than present a predictably heroic David-and-Goliath narrative, Striffler recounts the twists and turns of a 95-year relationship that never followed a predetermined script, as the actors themselves were shaped through their interactions. Arguing that peasants and workers did not simply react against an already-formed company but rather participated in the formation of United Fruit in Ecuador, he gives us a nuanced account of the evolution of the relationship between United Fruit, the Ecuadoran state, and peasants and workers in the banana-producing territories. The result is a refreshingly new look at the history of United Fruit and its interactions with the nations of Latin America, at the association of state and capital, and at the experience...
In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900–1995
Mary Ann Mahony; In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900–1995. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 August 2003; 83 (3): 598–599. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-83-3-598
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