Frontiers of Commodity Chain Research

ISBN-10: 0804759243
ISBN-13: 9780804759243
Edition: 2008
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Description: Taking stock of the state-of-the-art, as well as outlining new directions for commodity chain research, this distinctive volume includes original work from major figures in sociology, history, geography, and labor studies. It underscores the wide  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Taking stock of the state-of-the-art, as well as outlining new directions for commodity chain research, this distinctive volume includes original work from major figures in sociology, history, geography, and labor studies. It underscores the wide and interdisciplinary appeal of chain approaches for analyzing the economic, social, and political dimensions of international trade and production networks. Commodity chain analysis sheds light on the political and ecological implications of economic globalization and on how activists in pursuit of social justice, workers' rights, and environmental protection can use it. Following a substantive review of literature in the field, the collection goes on to examine theoretical and methodological debates over how to conduct research on global commodity and value chains, how power is exercised through these chains, and how global economic activities are coordinated across space. The result is a rich and unusually coherent volume that demonstrates how commodity and value chain analysis is informing contemporary research in a variety of fields.

Jennifer Bair is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University.

Acknowledgments
The Authors
Global Commodity Chains: Genealogy and Review
Operationalizing Global Chains: Theoretical and Methodological Debates
Historicizing Commodity Chains: Five Hundred Years of the Global Coffee Commodity Chain
Trading Up the Commodity Chain? The Impact of Extractive and Labor-Intensive Manufacturing Trade on World-System Inequalities
Protection Networks and Commodity Chains in the Capitalist World-Economy
Getting at Governance: Power and Coordination in Global Chains
The Comparative Advantages of Tropical Commodity Chain Analysis
From Commodity Chains to Value Chains: Interdisciplinary Theory Building in an Age of Globalization
Global Commodity Chains, Market Makers, and the Rise of Demand-Responsive Economies
Workers and Activists in Global Chains
Mimicking "Lean" in Global Value Chains: It's the Workers Who Get Leaned on
Unveiling the Unveiling: Commodity Chains, Commodity Fetishism, and the "Value" of Voluntary, Ethical Food Labels
Chain (Re)actions: Comparing Activist Mobilization Against Biotechnology in Britain and the United States
Notes
References
Index

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