Book ID: CBB368693181

Costa Rica After Coffee: The Co-op Era in History and Memory (2021)


Gudmundson, Lowell (Author)

Louisiana State University Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 168
Language: English

Costa Rica After Coffee explores the political, social, and economic place occupied by the coffee industry in contemporary Costa Rican history. In this follow-up to the 1986 classic Costa Rica Before Coffee, Lowell Gudmundson delves deeply into archival sources, alongside the individual histories of key coffee-growing families, to explore the development of the co-op movement, the rise of the gourmet coffee market, and the societal transformations Costa Rica has undergone as a result of the coffee industry’s powerful presence in the country.While Costa Rican coffee farmers and co-ops experienced a golden age in the 1970s and 1980s, the emergence and expansion of a gourmet coffee market in the 1990s drastically reduced harvest volumes. Meanwhile, urbanization and improved education among the Costa Rican population threatened the continuance of family coffee farms, because of the lack of both farmland and a successor generation of farmers. As the last few decades have seen a rise in tourism and other industries within the country, agricultural exports like coffee have ceased to occupy the same crucial space in the Costa Rican economy. Gudmundson argues that the fulfillment of promises of reform from the co-op era had the paradoxical effect of challenging the endurance of the coffee industry.

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Authors & Contributors
Marquese, Rafael de Bivar
Nikolay Kamenov
Luna, Francisco Vidal
Redmond, LaDonna
María Carranza Maxera
Lawson, Charles
Agricultural History
Research in the History of Technology
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Asian Studies
Journal of American Culture
The University of North Carolina Press
Louisiana State University Press
Universidade de Lisboa
Coffee and coffee industry
Agricultural cooperatives
Green revolution
Ratcliffe, Francis
Plumwood, Val
Haraway, Donna Jeanne
Fenner, Frank
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
Costa Rica
São Paulo (Brazil)
Sri Lanka
Monsanto Corporation
Farbenfabriken Bayer Aktiengesellschaft

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