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A CAMERA IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN: THE SELF-FORGING OF A BANANA REPUBLIC. Kevin Coleman. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016. 316 pp. with 114 ills. (16 col.). 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781477308554 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 170297. Publisher's description: In the early twentieth century, the Boston-based United Fruit Company controlled the production, distribution, and marketing of bananas, the most widely consumed fresh fruit in North America. So great was the company's power that it challenged the sovereignty of the Latin American and Caribbean countries in which it operated, giving rise to the notion of company-dominated "banana republics." In A Camera in the Garden of Eden, Kevin Coleman argues that the "banana republic" was an imperial constellation of images and practices that was checked and contested by ordinary Central Americans. Drawing on a trove of images from four enormous visual archives and a wealth of internal company memos, literary works, immigration records, and declassified US government telegrams, Coleman explores how banana plantation workers, women, and peasants used photography to forge new ways of being while also visually asserting their rights as citizens.
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Worldwide Number: 170298
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