Fair Trade and the Possibility of Bio-cultural Regeneration

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

in Subversive Spiritualities

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793853
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919246 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Fair Trade and the Possibility of Bio-cultural Regeneration

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This last chapter offers a concrete example of a creative and hopeful manner of using a particular contemporary economic movement, namely Fair Trade, for the purpose of regenerating the non-humans as well as the humans—in other words their bio-cultural patrimony. This example is chosen to end this book in order to show that we should not see indigenous peoples as locked into a false either/or dichotomy of non-modern practices versus modern ones. This chapter investigates Fair Trade as a possible alternative to the corrosive effects of the capitalist global economy. It also criticizes Fair Trade for its inability to take the worldviews and shamanic practices of the producers seriously. Such blindness has of course enormous negative political entailments.

Keywords: Fair Trade; capitalism; global economy; patrimony; shamanism; regeneration

Chapter.  13418 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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