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Fair enough? Women and Fair Trade

Louise McArdle (Institute of Research in Organization, Work and Employment (iROWE), Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Pete Thomas (Institute of Research in Organization, Work and Employment (iROWE), Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

Critical Perspectives on International Business

ISSN: 1742-2043

Article publication date: 19 October 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to consider the impact of Fair Trade on producers with particular reference to women involved in Fair Trade production.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper considers Fair Trade as an alternative to rational economic models of free trade and as a tool for development. A gender and development (GAD) perspective is used to assess whether Fair Trade empowers women in developing nations.

Findings

Fair Trade offers an alternative to free trade within capitalist production and has a positive impact for producers. The impact on gender relations within producer communities is limited although there are benefits for some women involved in Fair Trade production.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is based on secondary data and highlights the need for more focused research, which explores the links between gender, cultural relations and Fair Trade.

Originality/value

Understanding that while Fair Trade is usually considered as a positive developmental tool, its impacts are not homogeneous and are subject to the cultural gender relations that exist in producer communities. The paper highlights the need for a more systematic and longitudinal analysis of the impact of Fair Trade for women.

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Citation

McArdle, L. and Thomas, P. (2012), "Fair enough? Women and Fair Trade", Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 277-294. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422041211274165

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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