From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea (Paperback)Paige West (author)
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 236 x 152 x 20 mm
"Paige West writes against two kinds of flatness: the flatness of commodity chain studies and the flatness of ethical consumption's marketing spin. She offers, instead, a richly peopled ethnographic account of coffee's trajectory through time, space, lives, and imaginations, and takes us deep into the contradictory heart of our neoliberal times. Penetrating, provocative, and moving, this is an excellent read."-Tania Murray Li, University of Toronto
"This well-written ethnography contributes to several bodies of literature including those on coffee production and commodity chain studies, and ethnographic accounts from Papua New Guinea. It would be useful for graduate or undergraduate courses on globalization, as an example in graduate courses on writing ethnography, and for those scholars studying commodity chains and third-party certification systems." -- Rebecca Mari Meuninck * American Ethnologist *
"Although many anthropologists have traced paths traveled by speci?c commodities around the world, no study can match the ambition and sweep of Paige West's book. -- Daniel Reichman * American Anthropologist *
"A very powerful account of contemporary Papua New Guinea and global capitalism. It critically examines the fantasy images so known to us through popular media and advertising of commodities and shows how very real consequences these fantasies have. Written in an extremely clear and vivid style, the book makes excellent reading for courses on environmental anthropology, neoliberalism and Papua New Guinea. It critically examines the seemingly well meaning certification schemes, which raise questions among both academics and consumers alike, and this should allow for a wide-based readership. Finally, it simply is a very solid and well written ethnography based on long periods of fieldwork, which gives a thorough account of global coffee markets." -- Tuomas Tammisto * Oceania *
"Readers must be grateful for this 'rich' look at the Gimi people and for West's challenge to analyze the images attached to them and to coffee." -- Robert W. Thurston * Social Analysis *
"This fine study could be useful in anthropology courses, area studies of Pacific culture, and courses on food studies, as well as a satisfying accompaniment to many hot cups of coffee." -- Larry Lake * Contemporary Pacific *
"West provides an excellent ethnography that covers a wide variety of issues regarding coffee production in Papua New Guinea. Her analyses are complex and her research detailed. This work is of great value to increasing our understanding of Papua New Guinea as well as the creation of the imagined primitive in order to sell coffee." -- Amy E. Harth * Electronic Green Journal *
"West balances vivid description with thoughtful analysis throughout, avoiding the temptation to oversimplify the complex and often contradictory ways in which coffee helps shape people's lives...I found From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive both engaging and thought-provoking." -- Hilary Howes * Southeast Asian Studies *
"A book that has as its main themes criticisms of neoliberal economics and fair trading could have been rather dull. But Paige West brings these themes to life by using her ethnographic skills to meet and talk with the growers, the buyers, the traders in PNG and overseas and the coffee shop owners." -- Bryant Allen * Pacific Affairs *
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