From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from…

From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive

Duke University Press

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From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from…. From Modern Production to Imagined PrimitiveIn this vivid ethnography, Paige West tracks coffee as it moves from producers in Papua New Guinea to consumers around the world. She illuminates the social lives of the people who produce coffee, and those who process, distribute, market, and consume it. The Gimi peoples, who grow coffee in Papua New Guinea's highlands, are eager to expand their business and social relationships with the buyers who come to their highland villages, as well as with the people working in Goroka, where much of Papua New Guinea's coffee is processed; at the port of Lae, where it is exported; and in Hamburg, Sydney, and London, where it is distributed and consumed. This rich social world is disrupted by neoliberal development strategies, which impose prescriptive regimes of governmentality that are often at odds with Melanesian ways of being in, and relating to, the world. The Gimi are misrepresented in the specialty coffee market, which relies on images of primitivity and poverty to sell coffee. By implying that the "backwardness" of Papua New Guineans impedes economic development, these images obscure the structural relations and global political economy that actually cause poverty in Papua New Guinea.

List of Tables ixAcknowledgments xi1. The World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea 12. Neoliberal Coffee 333. Historic Coffee 694. Village Coffee 1015. Relational Coffee 1316. National Coffee 1577. International Coffee 2018. Conclusion 237Notes 257Bibliography 279Index 303 In this book Paige West looks at the process from which coffee is grown, gathered, sorted, shipped, and served from the highlands of Papua New Guinea to coffee shops in places as far apart as New York, Australia, and London. She shows how coffee becomes a commodity, the different forms of labor involved, and the way that coffee shapes the lives and understandings of those who grow, process, export, sell and consume coffee.
Forfattere: Paige West Utgave: ukjent
Språk: Engelsk Sidetall: 336
ISBN: 9780822351504 Vekt: 606 g
Forlag: Duke University Press Innbinding: Heftet
Utgitt: 2012 Veil. pris: 0 kr
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