Extending the frontiers of 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 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Frontiers of Commodity Chain Research Table of Contents Introduction 1. Commodity Chains: Genealogy and Review Jennifer Bair Part I. Operationalizing Global Chains: Theoretical and Methodological Debates 2. Historicizing Commodity Chains: Five Hundred Years of the Global Coffee Commodity Chain Steven Topik 3. Trading Up the Commodity Chain?: The Impact of Extractive and Labor-intensive Manufacturing Trade on World-system Inequalities David Smith and Matthew Mahutga 4. Protection Networks and Commodity Chains in the Capitalist World-Economy Immanuel Wallerstein Part II. Getting at Governance: Power and Coordination in Global Chains 5. The Comparative Advantages of Tropical Commodity Chain Analysis John Talbot 6. From Commodity Chains to Value Chains: Interdisciplinary Theory Building in an Age of Globalization Timothy J. Sturgeon 7. Global Commodity Chains, Market Makers, and the Rise of Demand-Responsive Economies Gary Gereffi and Gary Hamilton Part III. Workers and Activists in Global Chains 8. Mimicking 'Lean' in Global Value Chains: It's the Workers Who Get Leaned on Kate Raworth and Thalia Kidder 9. Unveiling the Unveiling: Commodity Chains, Commodity Fetishism, and the 'Value' of Voluntary, Ethical Food Labels Julie Guthman 10. Chain (Re)actions: Comparing Activist Mobilization against Biotechnology in Britain and the U.S William Munro and Rachel Schurman Index