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Consumption and Public Life

Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer

Shopping for Justice?

Authors: Wheeler, K.

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About this book

As sales of fair-trade goods explode across the globe, Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer provides a timely analysis of the organizations, institutions and grassroots networks behind this growing movement. Drawing on examples from the UK, Sweden and USA, this book moves away from models of individualized consumer choice and instead explores the collective cultures and practices that motivate and sustain fair-trade consumer behaviour. Although the fair-trade citizen-consumer has been called to action and publicly represented as an individual 'voting' in the marketplace, this book reveals how market interventions are editing the choices available to consumers, at the same time as 'Fairtrade Town' consumer networks are flourishing. Offering new and critical insights into the fair-trade success story, this book also contributes to debates about sustainable consumption behaviour and the growth of 'new' forms of political participation and citizenship.

About the authors

KATHRYN WHEELER is Senior Researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK. Her research focuses on ethical consumption and moral economies. She is currently working on an ERC-programme exploring 'consumption work and societal divisions of labour' in which she is undertaking comparative research on recycling in the UK and Sweden.

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'Katy Wheeler offers a thorough and judicious evaluation of the Fairtrade movement and, thereby, a significant contribution to understanding the political potential of ethical consumption.' - Alan Warde, Professor Sociology, University of Manchester, UK

"A thouroughly engaging read ... this book is an accessible and thought-provoking offering that works to engage critically with fair trade rather than merely celebrate it. [The book] offers a critical and timely intervention, drawing attention to the lived realities of fair-trade consumption, and provides a useful platform to inform and stimulate further debate and research." - Cultural Sociology


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Rise of the Fair-Trade Citizen-Consumer

    Wheeler, Kathryn

    Pages 1-13

  • Constructing the Fair-Trade Citizen-Consumer

    Wheeler, Kathryn

    Pages 14-34

  • The International Fair-Trade Consumer Movement

    Wheeler, Kathryn

    Pages 35-54

  • Promoting Fair-Trade

    Wheeler, Kathryn

    Pages 55-84

  • The Practice of Fair-Trade Support

    Wheeler, Kathryn

    Pages 85-110

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Hardcover $105.00
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Softcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-33705-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer
Book Subtitle
Shopping for Justice?
Authors
Series Title
Consumption and Public Life
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28367-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137283672
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30142-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33705-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 219
Topics