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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: December 2007
Keywords: fair trade, consumption, alternative economic spaces, civic activism, political participation


Local EPrints ID: 55451
ISSN: 1555-7359
PURE UUID: 21567e32-a376-4013-bfdb-a6a53167973f

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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Author: Nick Clarke
Author: Clive Barnett
Author: Paul Cloke
Author: Alice Malpass

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