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General Information

Name:  Mark Alfred Moberg  

Pen Name: Mark Moberg

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1959 in Palatine, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

He was born in Palatine, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Moberg is a conference participant, a teacher of classes for school children and senior citizens, a public speaker, he appears as a guest on media programs. He is the President for the Quest for Social Justice, Inc. He is a professor of anthropology at the University of South Alabama. He has conducted field research in St. Lucia, Belize, and Alabama.

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Titles At Your Library

Citrus, Strategy, and Class: The Politics of Development in Southern Belize
ISBN: 1587291541

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Myths of Ethnicity and Nation: Immigration, Work and Identity in the Belize Banana Industry
ISBN: 087049970X

The University of Tennessee Press. 1997

Moberg's excellent book tells the story of how unionized Belizean workers were replaced with cheaper immigrant workers from neighboring countries. He helps us understand the economic impact of export-oriented development strategies and how they foster ethnic prejudices and social conflict. -- O. Nigel Bolland, Colgate UniversityThe only officially English-speaking country in Central America, Belize has, in recent years, seen its identity challenged by a flood of immigrants from Guatemala and El Salvador -- an influx that has given Belize the highest proportion of immigrants to native population in the hemisphere. In this penetrating study, Mark Moberg examines the conflicts in Belize's ethnic and national identity by focusing on their effects and manifestations in the country's banana export industry.Moberg explains how an array of local and transnational forces -- government strategies for economic growth, the policies of the multinational company that exports Belizean bananas, the actions of plantation owners -- have combined to exploit and manipulate ethnic tensions among workers within the banana industry. The result, Moberg shows, has been the imposition of oppressive and often fatal working conditions designed to create a subservient labor force. Workers, for their part, have responded with an extensive repertoire of everyday resistance, ranging from slander to sabotage and ambush. Moberg explores the ways in which these patterns of labor control and employee resistance reflect the rising ethnic conflicts at the national level and how these, in turn, are rooted in an arduous history of Afro-Caribbean and Hispanic confrontation throughout lower Central America.Myths ofEthnicity and Nation integrates a finely detailed historical and ethnographic analysis of labor relations with a survey of the transnational dilemmas that have come to the forefront in Belize. Its keen insights and thoughtful, empirically based analysis will be of great use to any student of Central American peoples and cultures, Latin American development, ethnicity and nationalism, and the anthropology of work.

Slipping Away: Banana Politics and Fair Trade in the Eastern Caribbean (Dislocations)
ISBN: 1845451457

Berghahn Books. 2008

During the 1990s, the Eastern Caribbean was caught in a bitter trade dispute between the US and EU over the European banana market. When the World Trade Organization rejected preferential access for Caribbean growers in 1998 the effect on the region’s rural communities was devastating. This volume examines the “banana wars” from the vantage point of St. Lucia’s Mabouya Valley, whose recent, turbulent history reveals the impact of global forces. The author investigates how the contemporary structure of the island’s banana industry originated in colonial policies to create a politically “stable” peasantry, followed by politicians’ efforts to mobilize rural voters. These political strategies left farmers dependent on institutional and market protection, leaving them vulnerable to any alteration in trade policy. This history gave way to a new harsh reality, in which neoliberal policies privilege price and quantity over human rights and the environment. However, against these challenges, the author shows how the rural poor have responded in creative ways, including new social movements and Fair Trade farming, in order to negotiate a stronger position for themselves in the in a shifting global economy.

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