STEPHEN AMES asks what responses to contemporary cultural contradictions are viable today and seeks answers in the Christian traditions.
The market may have a terrible precariousness, but at the same time it is being constantly readjusted and reproduced.
This article attempts to move beyond totalising cynicism, as well as unbridled optimism, towards a more nuanced understanding of fair trade. I explore the contradictions and paradoxes of using consumer practices to build bridges of socio-economic solidarity across core and periphery. More specifically, I want to determine how fair-trade discourse constructs understandings of development, consumerism, and global justice.
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