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The political rationalities of fair trade consumption in the United Kingdom

The political rationalities of fair trade consumption in the United Kingdom
The political rationalities of fair trade consumption in the United Kingdom
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.
fair trade, consumption, alternative economic spaces, civic activism, political participation
1555-7359
583-607
Clarke, Nick
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Cloke, Paul
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Malpass, Alice
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Cloke, Paul
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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.

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

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Local EPrints ID: 55451
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55451
ISSN: 1555-7359
PURE UUID: 21567e32-a376-4013-bfdb-a6a53167973f
ORCID for Nick Clarke: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9148-9849

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2019 00:52

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