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Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies

Sarah Lyon and Mark Moberg


By 2008, total fair trade purchases in the developed world reached nearly $3 billion, a five-fold increase in four years. Consumers pay a “fair price” for fair trade items, which are meant to generate greater earnings for family farmers, cover the costs of production, and support socially just and environmentally sound practices. Yet constrained by existing markets and the entities that dominate them, Fair trade often delivers material improvements for producers that are much more modest than the profound social transformations the movement claims to support. There has been scant real-world as ... More

Keywords: developed world, fair trade, commodity systems, Darjeeling tea, coffee, crafts, cut flowers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814796207
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814796207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Lyon, editor

Mark Moberg, editor