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Cote : SJ18
Langues : anglais
Fiche n° : 6330
West, Paige
From modern production to imagined primitive: The Social World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea
Durham : Duke University Press, 2012. - 360 p.

Résumé : In this vivid ethnography, Paige West tracks coffee as it moves from producer to consumer, from Papua New Guinea to coffee consumers around the world. She illuminates the social lives of the people who produce coffee, and those who process, distribute, market, and consume it. The Gimi peoples, who grow coffee in Papua New Guinea's highlands, desire to expand their social, as well as business, relationships with the buyers who come to their highland villages, as well as with the people working in Goroka, where much of Papua New Guinea's coffee is processed; the port of Lae, where it is exported; and in Hamburg, Sydney, and London, where it is distributed and consumed. This rich social world is disrupted by neoliberal marketing strategies, which impose prescriptive regimes of governmentality that are often at odds with Melanesian ways of being in, and relating to, the world. The Gimi are misrepresented in the specialty coffee market, which relies on images of primitivity and poverty to sell coffee. By implying that the backwardness of Papua New Guineans impedes economic development, such images obscure the structural relations and global political economy that actually cause poverty in Papua New Guinea.[Résumé de l'éditeur]