work in progress in social theory and cultural sociology

fair trade and critical research: what role for academic comment?

11.02.2009 · Posted in sociology

[This is a talk I have given at a Great Western Research Sustainability Seminar, 2nd November 2009] In the UK, fair trade has been around for at least thirty years now – but it was only in the late 1990s that it became an object for academic reflection. And it was only in the 2000s ...

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the eccentricity of the romantic consumer: campbell, simmel, and plessner

10.16.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

(Paper presented at the 4th International Plessner Conference, 16th to 18th September, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) pdf Consumer culture has few defenders and there are even fewer who dare to argue that consumer culture may in a sense make us broader and deeper personalities. In this talk I will try to make the case ...

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fairtrade: internationalism by supermarket?

10.14.2009 · Posted in consumer culture, fair trade, social justice

[this is an opinion piece i’ve written for e-IR] The idea of fairtrade is, at first glance, a paradoxical one. Observing that the capitalist world market works to the disfavour of producers in the Third World, left wing and Christian campaigners from the 1970s onwards tried to use this unfair market to establish equitable North-South ...

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