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The Politics of Coffee by Daniel Jaffe to be discussed at Foley Institute’s Series

PULLMAN — Daniel Jaffee, assistant professor of Sociology at WSU Vancouver, will discuss findings from his award-winning book, “Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival” from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. April 22 in CUE 518.

“Brewing Justice” examines the social, economic and environmental effects of fair trade, based on extensive research in Zapotec indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. It also explores the changing politics of this international movement, including the challenges posed by the entry of transnational corporations into the fair trade system.  

The book received the 2007 C. Wright Mills Book Award, from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Jaffee studies the effects of economic globalization and neoliberal policies on social and environmental conditions for rural communities in the global South, particularly Latin America.   He focuses on fair trade as an alternative model of international economic exchange, examining the benefits and limitations of participation in fair trade markets for peasant commodity producers.

This presentation is part of the Coffee and Politics series sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service. RSVP by replying to relgar@wsu.edu.

For more information about the Foley Institute’s program visit, www.foley.wsu.edu.

For more information about Jaffe and his book visit, 
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/sociology/sociofacjaffee.html
http://www.wsunews.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=12652.

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