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Does fair trade facilitate social justice? Mark Hudson and Mara Fridell, co-authors of Fair Trade, Sustainability, and Social Change, will discuss the potential of fair trade as a means of poverty alleviation, and as a means of revealing the people, relationships, and environments that lie behind the commodities we often unthinkingly consume. While contending that fair trade is well-positioned to help advance social justice goals, the authors highlight the limits of fair trade as a movement and a mechanism that is embedded in the market. Drawing on political economy and social movement theory, the talk will chart the recent trajectory of the fair trade movement, indicating its impressive success, as well as some troubling signs for the future of fair trade’s ability to realize its potential.
Dr. Mara Fridell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. Her research addresses political economy, organized elite politics, and comparative approaches to citizenship institutions and labor market politics and policies, in relation to the social movements, socio-economic innovations, and polity interventions organizing to expand equity and equality.
Dr. Mark Hudson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, and coordinator of the Global Political Economy Program. Beginning in 1997 with field work in Chiapas, Mexico, he has authored a number of articles and spoken widely on fair trade. Dr. Hudson’s research uses a political-economic lens to explore the interaction between human societies and their natural environments.
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Department of Sociology and Corrections, Sociology Club, Kessel Peace Institute, Library Services, Mavericks for Fair Trade, Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative, and the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry
fair trade movement, fair trade, social justice, social change, social movement, sustainability, political economy
Political Economy | Politics and Social Change | Social Policy | Social Welfare
Hudson, Mark and Fridell, Mara, "How Fair is Fair? Social Justice and the Fair Trade Movement" (2015). Social Justice Lecture Series. 2.
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