Overview

Geographies of Commodity Chains brings together a wide variety of contributions to examine critically the spaces through which consumers are connected to producers. Case studies are drawn from a broad range of commodities including fruit, clothing and furniture, and span geographical areas from Europe, to America and Africa. Not only do these examples seek to transcend older understandings of production and consumption, but also they explicitly tap into wider public debate about the meanings, origins and ...
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Overview

Geographies of Commodity Chains brings together a wide variety of contributions to examine critically the spaces through which consumers are connected to producers. Case studies are drawn from a broad range of commodities including fruit, clothing and furniture, and span geographical areas from Europe, to America and Africa. Not only do these examples seek to transcend older understandings of production and consumption, but also they explicitly tap into wider public debate about the meanings, origins and biographies of commodities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134301942
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/31/2004
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Commodity chains, networks and filieres 17
1 From farm to supermarket : the trade in fresh horticultural produce from sub-Saharan Africa to the United Kingdom 19
2 Are hogs like chickens? : enclosure and mechanization in two 'white meat' filieres 39
3 Spilling the beans on a tough nut : liberalization and local supply system changes in Ghana's cocoa and shea chains 63
Pt. II Commodity chains and cultural connections 81
4 New geographies of agro-food chains ; an analysis of UK quality assurance schemes 83
5 Culinary networks and cultural connections : a conventions perspective 102
6 Initiating the commodity chain : South Asian women and fashion in the diaspora 120
Pt. III Commodities, representations and the politics of the producer-consumer relation 137
7 Geographical knowledges in the Ecuadorian flower industry 139
8 Citrus, apartheid and the struggle to (re)present Outspan oranges 156
9 Tropics of consumption : 'getting with the fetish' of 'exotic' fruit? 173
Pt. IV Ethical commodity chains and the politics of consumption 193
10 Unravelling fashion's commodity chains 195
11 Accounting for ethical trade : global commodity networks, virtualism and the audit economy 215
12 The 'organic commodity' and other anomalies in the politics of consumption 233
13 Knowledge, ethics and power in the home furnishings commodity chain 250
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