Geographies of Commodity Chains / Edition 1

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Individuals, consumer groups, nation states and supra-national bodies increasingly have interrogated the ethics of particular production and consumption relations such as GM foods. Flowing from and bound up with these political concerns is the growing interest in the mutual dependence of sites of (for example) production, distribution, retailing, design, advertising, marketing and final consumption.

This timely volume draws together contributions concerned with the production, circulation and consumption of commodities. Not only do these case study examples seek to transcend older understandings of production and consumption, but they also explicitly tap into wider public debate about the meanings, origins and biographies of commodities.

Taking a geographical approach to the analysis of links between producers and consumers, the book focuses upon the ways in which these ties increasingly are stretched across spaces and places. Critical engagements with the ways in which these spaces and places affect the economies, cultures and politics of the connections between producers and consumers are skilfully threaded through each section.

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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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