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5.0 out of 5 stars Expanding the Fair Trade conversation
This book presents well needed information, encouraging further examination and open transparent discussions to help the Fair Trade movement identify what is and is not working. These case studies offer a ground level view of how Fair Trade functions in specific situations. The conclusion is that Fair Trade can and should be sustainable. The implementation of the model...
Published on January 12, 2011 by Sandy

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title!
This book is not about Fair Trade and Social Justice. This is a book about all the bad things related to Fair Trade. It should be titled "The Negatives of Fair Trade" or something like that. It is a book about how Fair Trade is not delivering on what it promises. If you are looking for a sincere discussion about Fair Trade and aspects of social justice - this is not the...
Published on November 12, 2010 by David Crowell


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expanding the Fair Trade conversation, January 12, 2011
This review is from: Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies (Paperback)
This book presents well needed information, encouraging further examination and open transparent discussions to help the Fair Trade movement identify what is and is not working. These case studies offer a ground level view of how Fair Trade functions in specific situations. The conclusion is that Fair Trade can and should be sustainable. The implementation of the model must be objectively examined to identify where and how the model can be more effective in its goal of creating fair and just trade. This book is a beginning, not an end, of an important conversation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fair Analysis of Fair Trade, March 16, 2011
This review is from: Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies (Paperback)
As a teaching assistant I used this book for a class on the Anthropology of Developing Countries. The collection of articles provides multiple perspectives on the Fair Trade Movement and across a wide variety of products including bananas, coffee, tea, cut flowers, and handicrafts. The book worked well to get students to think in more complicated ways about the unequal relationships between First World consumption and under-development in the global South. It also helped to place fair trade in the context of neo-liberal market driven strategies for social change and explored the implications of this relationship. While many of the articles focus on the impact and relationship of producer communities to fair trade, several begin to explore the multiple points along the supply chain, creating space for a new kind of ethnographic analysis in an increasingly globalized world. Like any edited volume, there is a diverse range of approaches but overall this book provides valuable insight to people wanting a more in-depth analysis of the problems, pitfalls, and potential for the Fair Trade Movement. While I would have enjoyed more discussion of possible solutions to the problems discussed, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about fair trade and how it works on the ground.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title!, November 12, 2010
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This review is from: Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies (Paperback)
This book is not about Fair Trade and Social Justice. This is a book about all the bad things related to Fair Trade. It should be titled "The Negatives of Fair Trade" or something like that. It is a book about how Fair Trade is not delivering on what it promises. If you are looking for a sincere discussion about Fair Trade and aspects of social justice - this is not the book for you. If you want references to support your theory that Fair Trade isn't a good thing - read this book. While I appreciate a good look at the "real world" of Fair Trade - I don't think I would buy this book again. It has helped me understand some of the struggles of Fair Trade, but the authors are very negative. You can tell they live in the world of academia. Tedious also to get through and I don't think the article on Ithaca hours fits in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars accessible and worthwhile to read, October 6, 2012
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The book is extremely accessible and is written for students rather than scholars. Many of the chapters are case studies that voice the 'view from below'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I expected, February 6, 2013
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Very good. It was electronic so no worries about shipping and condition. Only think that would have been better is if the pages were numbered.
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