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Making the Market: Specialty Coffee, Generational Pitches, and Papua New Guinea

Paige West

Title:
Making the Market: Specialty Coffee, Generational Pitches, and Papua New Guinea
Author(s):
West, Paige
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Anthropology (Barnard College)
Volume:
42
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Book/Journal Title:
Antipode
Geographic Area:
Papua New Guinea
Publisher:
Wiley
Abstract:
Today the commodity circuit for specialty coffee seems to be made up of socially conscious consumers, well-meaning and politically engaged roasters and small companies, and poor yet ecologically noble producers who want to take part in the flows of global capital, while at the same time living in close harmony with the natural world. This paper examines how these actors are produced by changes in the global economy that are sometimes referred to as neoliberalism. It also shows how images of these actors are produced and what the material effects of those images are. It begins with a description of how generations are understood and made by marketers. Next it shows how coffee production in Papua New Guinea, especially Fair Trade and organic coffee production, is turned into marketing narratives meant to appeal to particular consumers. Finally, it assesses the success of the generational-based marketing of Papua New Guinea-origin, Fair Trade and organic coffees, three specialty coffee types that are marketed heavily to the “Millennial generation”, people born between 1983 and 2000.
Subject(s):
Coffee
Anti-globalization movement
Coffee industry--Social aspects
Anthropology
Neoliberalism
Ethnology
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00769.x
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Suggested Citation:
Paige West, , Making the Market: Specialty Coffee, Generational Pitches, and Papua New Guinea, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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