Anth1023-Week13-2 - CulturalAnth.Bananas LearningObjectives...

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Cultural Anth. “Bananas” 4/14/14 Learning Objectives Define a banana republic Understand the origins of popular associations with bananas  Describe the relationship between consumption & production Connotation 1: Something Crazy Perceived backwardness of banana growers  Bananas grown in tropical regions   people in tropics are crazy/lazy = backwards  Connotation 2: Phallic Symbol Vaudeville 1920s & 30s  Latin American and Caribbean sexuality Connotation 3: A Comedic Symbol Vaudeville poking fun at immigrant shop keepers Distancing self from racialized or ethnic other Traditional Cultivation Ideal to supplement other work… Little labor Regenerate Fast growing Grown in tropical regions They work well with other plants Interspersing different crops lowers disease U.S. Consumption First banana- 1804 $0.25 (that would be $5.25 today) Luxury good through 1880s 
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First season-less fresh fruit available in U.S. 
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