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Ethical Value Networks in International Trade

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Ethical Value Networks in International Trade

Social Justice, Sustainability and Provenance in the Global South

9781800374492 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Warwick E Murray, Professor of Human Geography and Development Studies, John Overton, Professor of Development Studies and Human Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand and Kelle Howson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
Publication Date: February 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 449 2 Extent: c 208 pp
This forward-looking book introduces the concept of Ethical Value Networks, building upon a theoretical exploration with primary evidence of their impacts in the Global South. It moves away from focusing on the consumption section of networks, with grounded impact studies that explore ethicality as a concept, how ethical value is created and how this is distributed through the socio-economy.

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This forward-looking book introduces the concept of Ethical Value Networks, building upon a theoretical exploration with primary evidence of their impacts in the Global South. It moves away from focusing on the consumption section of networks, with grounded impact studies that explore ethicality as a concept, how ethical value is created and how this is distributed through the socio-economy.

Framed by theoretical exploration and reflection, the book offers a selection of case studies from Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and Southeast Asia to highlight the implications of Ethical Value Networks for producers and localities in the Global South. Chapters further analyse and critique the rise of the ethical trade and certification schemes, as well as three ethical trade constellations: social justice through fair trade, sustainability through organic agriculture and authenticity through geographic indications.

The in-depth analysis of ethical trading in wine, coffee, fruit and other key sectors combined with theoretical study will make this an important read for ethical trade researchers as well as policy makers and those responsible for the governance and operation of ethical value networks. It will also be an invigorating read for economic geography, development studies, international development and management studies scholars.
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‘This book represents a major step forward in our understanding of the systems shaping the unprecedented push toward more sustainably and ethically-produced goods and services. The authors present a foundational framework that will guide future studies of the creation and evolution of ethical value networks, and they advance our understanding of the diverse impacts these networks have across the planet.’
– Michael Gavin, Colorado State University, US

‘This book is a welcome addition to critical scholarship on the intersection between globalization, ethical production and sales, sustainability, social and environmental justice, and authenticity. The authors skilfully blend theory and field research to examine the development and challenges of ethical certification and trade, developing the concept of Ethical Value Networks as a framework to enhance understanding of these growing and evolving processes.’
– Etienne Nel, University of Otago, New Zealand
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Contributors include: Simon P Bidwell, Kelle Howson, Nora Lanari, Warwick E Murray, John Overton, Johannes Rehner, Navé Wald, Theresa Sila Wikaningtyas, Peter B.F. Williams
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