The political rationalities of fair trade consumption in the United Kingdom

Clarke, Nick, Barnett, Clive, Cloke, Paul and Malpass, Alice (2007) The political rationalities of fair trade consumption in the United Kingdom. Politics and Society, 35, (4), 583-607. (doi:10.1177/0032329207308178).


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This article situates the analysis of fair-trade consumption in the context of
debates about civic activism and political participation. It argues that fair-trade
consumption should be understood as a political phenomenon, which, through the
mediating action of organizations and campaigns, makes claims on states, corporations,
and institutions. This argument is made by way of a case study of
Traidcraft, a key player in the fair-trade movement in the United Kingdom. The
study focuses on how Traidcraft approaches and enrolls its supporters.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0032329207308178
ISSNs: 1555-7359 (print)
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Keywords: fair trade, consumption, alternative economic spaces, civic activism, political participation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography
ePrint ID: 55451
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2007Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:35

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