Article ID: CBB001421781

On Green Revolutions and Golden Beans: Memories and Metaphors of Costa Rican Coffee Co-op Founders (2014)


During the second half of the twentieth century Costa Rica experienced two related and profound changes in its historically dominant coffee sector: the rise and consolidation of a producer co-op movement with its own processing and marketing capacity in the 1960s, followed in the 1970s by new cultivation techniques, especially replanting with caturra (dwarf variety) bushes. This study offers a close reading of the lived experience of these processes as well as the construction of memories and meanings. It also highlights how profoundly radical some of the unanticipated consequences of those changes have been for these same protagonists by engaging various forms of expression---metaphors, ironies, critiques, jokes---employed by the founding generation of the co-ops to recount and make sense of their own history.

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Authors & Contributors
Kull, Christian A.
Alpers, Edward A.
Marquese, Rafael de Bivar
Luna, Francisco Vidal
Lidwell-Durnin, John
Summerhill, William
Environment and History
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Revue Économiques
Journal of the History of Biology
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
McFarland & Company, Inc
University of Chicago Press
The MIT Press
Oxford University Press
Louisiana State University Press
Economic botany; plant cultivation; horticulture
Coffee and coffee industry
Science and economics
Borlaug, Norman Ernest
Schomburgk, Robert Hermann
Knight, Thomas Andrew
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
São Paulo (Brazil)
Costa Rica
Guyana; British Guiana
United States. Patent Office

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