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To further educate yourself about fair trade and its growing movement, we recommend you read one or more of the books listed below. These books touch on fair trade in local to global communities, businesses, social justice, challenges, products and more.

Fair Trade: The challenges of transforming globalization

By: Laura Reynolds, Douglas Murray, John Wilkinson

The book explores the challenges of and potential for Fair Trade, one of the world's dynamic efforts to enhance global social justice and environmental sustainability through market based social change. The book reveals the challenges the movement faces in its effort to transform globalization, emphasizing the inherent tensions in both working in and against the market. Also explored is the rapid growth of new production regions in Europe, North America, Africa and Latin America.


Javatrekker: Dispatches From the World of Fair Trade Coffee 

By: Dean Cycon

This book is a travelogue of the author's adventures through Africa, the Americas and Asia. He tells a captivating story of his travels while discussing the truths he discovered along the way. Issues in fair trade like wage and health are shown through real interactions.

The Handbook of Organic and Fair Trade Food Marketing Edited 

By: Simon Wright and Diane McCrea

The Handbook of Organic and Fair Trade Food Marketing provides a practical guide to successful marketing in these two dynamic sectors, underpinned by case-histories and lessons from companies that have been successful in these areas. It includes a review of the international markets for organic and fair trade food and drink; an analysis of organic and fair trade consumers; a review of successful retailing practice and a section on organic and fair trade divergence and convergence. Chapters are also included on perspectives from the USA, Germany and Italy. 

The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade 

By: David Ransom

Meeting the people who grow our bananas and cocoa and make our clothes, this No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade tells the human story behind what we consume. Examining the global contest between "free" and "fair" trade. Ransom argues that the key question is not whether trade should be regulated or deregulated, but whether it is to be the master or servant of the people. As fair trade products are being turned into brands by large corporations, a new contest opens--it is not longer just a question of fair versus free, but what kind of fair trade.

Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide 

By: Jacqueline DeCarlo

What's wrong with buying regular coffee? Does Fair Trade necessarily mean ethical trade? What impact can the average consumer have on global economics? DeCarlo reveals why the movement has come to mean far more than just bananas, coffee and chocolate. The book provides an accessible explanation of the principles behind the movement and tracing its development into the powerful economic and social justice tool it is today.

Fair Trade: A Human Journey 

By: Eric St Pierre

This book is a comprehensive look at fair trade through photos. The author provides captivating visuals from 15 different countries showcasing different fair trade products. He discusses the producers, processing chain, advantages and disadvantages for products like coffee all the way to quinoa, an alternative type of grain. Fair trade proposes an alternative that is based on ideas of social justice, product quality and care for the environment. This book is a sign of hope that another world is possible.

Changing Big Business: The Globalisation of the Fair Trade Movement 

By: Anna Hutchens

In this novel, author Anna Hutchens, approaches Fair Trade in a completely new way. She focuses on the business and social aspects of Fair Trade. A very captivating book discussing the economic issues Fair Trade faces in today's world market.

Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies

By: Sarah Lyon and Mark Moberg

This book utilizes ethnographic case studies to examine if fair trade practices enhance social conditions.  Fair trade often brings material gain to producers and workers in modest amounts but promises to enhance people‚Äôs livelihoods through intangible benefits.  This book includes chapters that examine how fair trade transforms social conditions in communities that participate in fair trade and argues that fair trade needs to adapt stronger principles to allow for continued improvement in the commodity sector.

Artisans and Fair Trade: Crafting Development 

By: Mary Littrell and Marsha Dickson

This book examines how fair trade provides benefits to women in cultural conditions that would normally not be available.  Furthermore, this book takes an in depth look at the benefits of artisan work for women.  This book addresses how the process of fair trade can be used to further women empowerment when one of the main goals of fair trade is gender equality.  Also, this book argues that affording women the opportunity to work and gain income is a crucial step in advancing gender equality.

Social Responsibility in the Global Market: Fair Trade of Cultural Products 

By: Mary Littrell and Marsha Dickson

This book examines the benefits of providing women employment while still allowing them to maintain some of their traditional roles of being a mother and wife.  This book focuses on three different approaches to achieving women empowerment and how each of the groups differs and how culture drives some of their motivations.  Littrell and Dickson argue that fair trade provides the needed resources that create a market that allows women to produce and sell goods.

Fair Trade: Market-Driven Ethical Consumption

By: Alex Nicholls and Charlotte Opal

This book examines the current and future state of fair trade.  As the business of fair trade grows, key issues arise that will directly impact the direction of the movement.  This book examines fair trade internationally and broadly so that the reader is educated in all of the aspects of fair trade.


Fair Trade Coffee: Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice 

By: Gavin Fridell

Gavin Fridell discusses the history and origins of the fair trade network.  Fridell writes about the success and limitations of market-driven social justice.  He also talks about the history and place of fair trade in a global capitalist system.


Fair Trade 

By: Debra Miller

This book is a general information book about fair trade.  It discusses the objectives of fair trade as well as some limitations.  The author addresses the issue of whether or not fair trade should be expanded to include large plantations, and compares and contrasts fair trade and free trade.

Free Trade Vs. Fair Trade 

By: Naunihal Singh 

As the tilte suggests, this book evaluates free trade and fair trade.  The author talks about the misconceptions of free trade and its drawbacks.  The effects of free trade on the environment and society are discussed as well.  The author also expresses skepticism of the fair trade network and its ability to be successful. 

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