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 equipment, group improvement, reasonable costs, and shortened commodity chains. yet what's the truth for manufacturers, intermediaries, and shoppers? This ethnographic research of fair-trade espresso analyzes the collective motion and mixed efforts of fair-trade community members to build a brand new fiscal 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 truly is extra incorrect than advocates and students have said. besides the fact that, via targeted ethnographic fieldwork with the farmers and through following the product, reasonable exchange may be understood and transformed to be extra equitable.

This ebook should be of curiosity to scholars and teachers in anthropology, ethnology, Latin American experiences, and hard work experiences, in addition to economists, social scientists, coverage makers, fair-trade advocates, and somebody drawn to globalization and the realities of reasonable exchange. Winner of the Society for monetary Anthropology booklet Award

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