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Fair trade from the ground up : new markets for social justice / April Linton
PRINT PRINT | University of Washington Press | 2012
Available at WMS STACKS (Call number: HF1379 .L563 2012)
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x, 195 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
"Fair Trade promises to raise living standards in developing countries through: - worldwide minimum prices for commodities - support for democratically governed cooperatives - requirement of minimum wages and safety standards for workers - training to help producers improved quality and develop business skills - encouragement of eco-friendly practices - third-party certification In contrast to the free trade status quo, Fair Trade relies on informed consumers to choose more direct supply chains that minimize the role of middlemen, offering economic justice and social change as a viable and sustainable alternative to charity. But does it work? Fair Trade from the Ground Up documents achievements at both the producer and the consumer ends of commodity chains and assesses prospects for future growth. From Guatemalan coffee farmers to student activists on U.S. college campuses, the stories of individuals inform April Linton's analysis. Drawing on studies by social scientists and economists, as well as on new case studies, she provides balanced answers to hard questions: How can large institutions be persuaded to commit to using Fair Trade suppliers? Does ethical consumerism work? Are the "social premiums" that are built into Fair Trade prices really being used for community projects? Will Fair Trade market growth reach the scale of organics or green products? This book meets a long-felt need among economic-justice activists, consumer groups, and academics for a reliable qualitative and quantitative overview of achievements of the Fair Trade movement. "A great strength of this book is the breadth of the original surveys of everyone from producers to business owners to activists and institutional players. I don't know of any other work with such a broad assemblage of empirical pieces." -Matt Warning, University of Puget Sound April Linton is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California San Diego. She is coeditor of The Global Governance of Food"-- Provided by publisher
"Documents and evaluates Fair Trade's achievements to date, following Fair Trade products from their origins to their destinations along global value chains and assessing prospects for future growth"-- Provided by publisher
Table of Contents
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1 Acknowledgments ix
1 Introduction 3
ch. 1 1 Fair Trade from the Ground Up 14
ch. 2 1 Fair Trade Coffee in Guatemala 37
ch. 3 1 How Do Producers Spend the Social Premium? 55
ch. 4 1 Selling and Buying Fair Trade 76
ch. 5 1 Fair Trade Activists in the United States 101
ch. 6 1 Fair Trade University 120
ch. 7 1 Growing Fair Trade 145
1 Notes 165
1 References 173
1 Contributors 185
1 Index 187
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