Fair for who? The crisis of Fairtrade for coffee farmers

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Two weeks of campaigning to raise awareness of Fairtrade products have come to a close. But coffee farmers around the world face an ongoing crisis that the Fairtrade Foundation has done little to mitigate and more must be done to address the problems they face of plummeting prices.

Fairtrade is based on a vision to provide marginal farmers with a sustainable livelihood. Yet, farmers are not protected by Fairtrade in the current coffee price crisis and they are struggling to meet the basic costs of production, never mind make a living. Continue reading

Radical Thinkers: Steffen Böhm Presents Hegemony and Socialist Strategy by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe

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4 Mar 20147:00 pm | Studio | £5.00

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Steffen Böhm is Director of the Essex Sustainability Institute and Professor in Management and Sustainability at the University of Essex. His research focuses on political economies and ecologies of organization, management and the environment. He was a co-founder of the open-access journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization, and is co-founder and co-editor of the new open-access publishing press MayFlyBooks as well as Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements. He has published three books: Repositioning Organization Theory, Against Automobility, and Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets.
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ORGANIZING RESISTANCE MOVEMENTS: THE CONTRIBUTION OF POLITICAL DISCOURSE THEORY

Abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility of articulating Political Discourse Theory(PDT) together with Organizational Studies (OS), while using the opportunity to introduce PDT to thoseOS scholars who have not yet come across it. The bulk of this paper introduces the main concepts ofPDT, discussing how they have been applied to concrete, empirical studies of resistance movements.In recent years, PDT has been increasingly appropriated by OS scholars to problematize and analyzeresistances and other forms of social antagonisms within organizational settings, taking the relationaland contingent aspects of struggles into consideration. While the paper supports the idea of a jointarticulation of PDT and OS, it raises a number of critical questions of how PDT concepts have beenempirically used to explain the organization of resistance movements. The paper sets out a researchagenda for how both PDT and OS can together contribute to our understanding of new, emerging or- ganizational forms of resistance movements.

Climate science skeptics looking more foolish by the day

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In the light of the extreme weather events we’ve seen in many parts of the world over the past year, not even mentioning the ongoing flooding saga in England, sceptics of climate change science look increasingly foolish, naive and irresponsible.

Particularly in the high polluting Anglosaxon countries, vested interests have given millions to think tanks, PR agencies and individual ‘scientists’ to question and actively disrupt the consensus by the worldwide scientific community that climate change is due to human activity. Continue reading

ESI Local Food event: “Can Local Food Make us Feel Better?”

Essex Sustainability Institute cordially invites you to an evening celebrating local food and to launch the research report,

CAN LOCAL FOOD MAKE US FEEL BETTER?

Evidence from the East of England

By Professor Steffen Böhm, Dr Zareen Bharucha and David Watson

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 6-9pm

at The Minories Galleries,

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Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community (Review)

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“Reconnecting to the land grounds us, says Steffen Böhm.
Review of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community, by Karen T. Litfin (Polity, 2013)”

full text available on Academia.edu