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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.

Published Works Expand for more information

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

Book by Moberg, Mark

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.

Speaking Engagements

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