[URBANTH-L]New Volume on Fair Trade and Globalization

mmoberg at jaguar1.usouthal.edu mmoberg at jaguar1.usouthal.edu
Thu Apr 16 11:43:50 EDT 2009

I am writing to bring to the attention of URBANTH-L subscribers a new volume in
Berghahn's Dislocations series, which examines the impact of neoliberal
globalization from an anthropological perspective.  The work, Slipping Away:
Banana Politics and Fair Trade in the Eastern Caribbean, is the first
ethnographic study to consider the local impact of recent trade wars between
the US and EU over European Union banana import policies.  Based on extensive
ethnographic research in St. Lucia's Mabouya Valley, the study examines how the
World Trade Organization ruling dismantling market preferences for family
farmers in the region has devastated rural communities, triggering massive
emigration and drug trafficking as the most common responses.  The study also
considers how the surviving farmers negotiate a costly and often authoritarian
Fair Trade certification regime in order to retain a foothold in export

More on the volume can be found at the publisher's website:


Thanks very much for your consideration.

Mark Moberg, PhD
Professor of Anthropology
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688 USA

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