Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies

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Sarah Lyon and Mark Moberg
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This book uses ethnographic studies to evaluate important aspects of Fair Trade. Key content includes the in-depth case studies of what Fair Trade is, or is not, achieving in various producer communities. This central question has lacked comprehensive evidence for years, so the findings reported by the 11 contributors are valuable results for evaluating Fair Trade.

The academic studies drawn on in this book examine farmers of Indian and Kenyan tea, Costa Rican coffee, eastern Caribbean bananas, handcrafts, and global cut flowers. The various authors also cover women’s issues, coffee labels, international development, cultural issues in identifying indigenous crafts, producer v. consumer perceptions of Fair Trade, marketing and more.