Consuming producers: fair trade and small farmers

Luetchford, Peter (2012) Consuming producers: fair trade and small farmers. In: Carrier, James G and Luetchford, Peter G (eds.) Ethical consumption: social value and economic practice. Berghahn Books, New York, NY, pp. 60-80. ISBN 9780857453426

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Increasingly, consumers in North America and Europe see their purchasing as a way to express to the commercial world their concerns about trade justice, the environment, and similar issues. This ethical consumption has attracted growing attention in the press and among academics. Extending beyond the growing body of scholarly work on the topic in several ways, this volume focuses primarily on consumers rather than producers and commodity chains. It presents cases from a variety of European countries and is concerned with a wide range of objects and types of ethical consumption, not simply the usual tropical foodstuffs, trade justice, and the system of fair trade. Contributors situate ethical consumption within different contexts, from common Western assumptions about economy and society, to the operation of ethical-consumption commerce, to the ways that people's ethical consumption can affect and be affected by their social situation. By locating consumers and their practices in the social and economic contexts in which they exist and that their ethical consumption affects, this volume presents a compelling interrogation of the rhetoric and assumptions of ethical consumption.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Peter Luetchford
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2013 13:04
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