Linking Production and Consumption

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Linking Production and Consumption Marx’s “commodity fetish” Value seen to inhere in the “good,” not from the labour that produced the good Reflects a lack of knowledge (or recognition?) on the part of the consumer about how things are produced When shopping, does the production influence your decision? o Depends on function, country of origin, manufacturing process, labour, etc. o Certain products where quality matters (eg. food, technology) “Distancing” Thomas Princen : Why is there little “feedback” or transmission of information between producer and consumer? o Geographical distance (long commodity chains and great physical separation) The producer will be held accountable or responsible for his or her actions, and the consumer can adjust his or her consumption patterns to take into account the requirements of responsible production. (e.g. farmer’s market) o Cultural distance (little knowledge of the realities of the other) Consequences o Global commodity chains disadvantage (small) producers Small producers forced to sell to larger exporters and powerful
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  • Fall '14
  • KeithPreston
  • producer, Executive producer, Online producer, global commodity

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