Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair-Trade Markets by Sarah Lyon

By Sarah Lyon

We are instructed that just by sipping our morning cup of natural, fair-trade espresso we're encouraging environmentally pleasant agricultural tools, group improvement, reasonable costs, and shortened commodity chains. yet what's the fact for manufacturers, intermediaries, and shoppers? This ethnographic research of fair-trade espresso analyzes the collective motion and mixed efforts of fair-trade community individuals to build a brand new monetary reality.

Focusing on los angeles Voz Que Clama en el Desierto-a cooperative in San Juan l. a. Laguna, Guatemala-and its relationships with espresso roasters, importers, and certifiers within the usa, Coffee and Community argues that whereas reasonable exchange does profit small coffee-farming groups, it's extra fallacious than advocates and students have stated. notwithstanding, via unique ethnographic fieldwork with the farmers and by way of following the product, reasonable alternate might be understood and converted to be extra equitable.

This ebook could be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers in anthropology, ethnology, Latin American stories, and hard work experiences, in addition to economists, social scientists, coverage makers, fair-trade advocates, and a person attracted to globalization and the realities of reasonable exchange. Winner of the Society for financial Anthropology booklet Award

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