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Coffee and Community



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Univ Pr of Colorado
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We Are Told that simply by sipping our morning cup of organic, fair-trade coffee we are encouraging environmentally friendly agricultural methods, community development, fair prices, and shortened commodity chains. But what is the reality for producers, intermediaries, and consumers? This ethnographic analysis of fair-trade coffee examines the collective action and combined efforts of fair-trade network participants to construct a new economic reality.

Author Biography

Sarah Lyon is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She is interested in the intersection of culture, agriculture, consumption, and the global economy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Historical Convergence of Local Livelihoods, the Global Economy, and International Politicsp. 23
"Trade Not Aid": Assessing Fair Trade's Economic Impact on Cooperative Members and Their Familiesp. 55
Obligatory Burdens: Collaboration and Discord within the Cooperativep. 81
The Political Economy of Organic and Shade-Grown Coffee Certification, Local Livelihoods, and Identitiesp. 123
Managing the Maya: Power in the Fair-Trade Marketp. 151
Marketing the Maya: Fair Trade's Producer / Consumer Relationshipsp. 179
Conclusion: A Fairer Futurep. 207
Notesp. 215
Works Citedp. 227
Indexp. 259
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