Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies

Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies

by Mark Moberg, Sarah Lyon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814796214

ISBN-13: 9780814796214

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: New York University Press

By 2008, total Fair Trade purchases in the developed world reached nearly $3 billion, a five-fold increase in four years. Consumers pay a “fair price” for Fair Trade items, which are meant to generate greater earnings for family farmers, cover the costs of production, and support socially just and environmentally sound practices. Yet constrained by

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By 2008, total Fair Trade purchases in the developed world reached nearly $3 billion, a five-fold increase in four years. Consumers pay a “fair price” for Fair Trade items, which are meant to generate greater earnings for family farmers, cover the costs of production, and support socially just and environmentally sound practices. Yet constrained by existing markets and the entities that dominate them, Fair Trade often delivers material improvements for producers that are much more modest than the profound social transformations the movement claims to support.

There has been scant real-world assessment of Fair Trade’s effectiveness. Drawing upon fine-grained anthropological studies of a variety of regions and commodity systems including Darjeeling tea, coffee, crafts, and cut flowers, the chapters in Fair Trade and Social Justice represent the first works to use ethnographic case studies to assess whether the Fair Trade Movement is actually achieving its goals.

Contributors: Julia Smith, Mark Moberg, Catherine Ziegler , Sarah Besky, Sarah M. Lyon, Catherine S. Dolan, Patrick C. Wilson, Faidra Papavasiliou, Molly Doane, Kathy M’Closkey, Jane Henrici

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814796214
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,233,157
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 What’s Fair? The Paradox of Seeking Justice through Markets
Mark Moberg and Sarah Lyon
Part I : Global Markets and Local Realities
2 Fair Trade and the Specialty Coffee Market
Julia Smith
3 A New World? Neoliberalism and Fair Trade Farming in the Eastern Caribbean
Mark Moberg
4 Fair Flowers
Catherine Ziegler
5 Colonial Pasts and Fair Trade Futures
Sarah Besky
Part II : Negotiating Difference and Identity in Fair Trade Markets
6 A Market of Our OwnMarkets
Sarah Lyon
7 Fractured Ties
Catherine S. Dolan
8 Fair Trade Craft Production and Indigenous Economies
Patrick C. Wilson
Part III : Relationships and Consumption in Fair Trade Markets and
Alternative Economies
9 Fair Money, Fair Trade
Faidra Papavasiliou
10 Relationship Coffees
Molly Doane
11 Novica, Navajo Knock-Offs, and the ’Net: A Critique of Fair Trade Marketing Practices
Kathy M’Closkey
12 Naming Rights
Jane Henrici

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