“Doing & Undoing Commodity Discourses:
The Production of Value(s) in Uncertain Times
The present moment of planetary climate crisis, unstable global politics, and the violence of capitalist accumulation continue to shape commodity production on a worldwide scale. Researchers often ethnographically examine these global commodity chains in regard to political economy, anthropology and cultural theory to explore the tangled webs of social relations. This panel proposes to bring together anthropologists focusing on how the constructed value of a commodity is often legitimized via particular discourses. Building on panels that recently took place at the joint AAA & CASCA meetings in Vancouver (The Climate of Commodity Discourses: Values We Produce, Market and Consume - Part I & II) we ask participants to focus specifically on commodity discourses that are utilised by actors to legitimize value for an object, people, or institution. Past panelists have examined discourses at different points of a commodity’s social life in cases including the craft beer industry, organic food, gemstones, halal, Sikh fashion, authenticity in beauty markets, cooking schools, alternative health products, kimchi, and more in a variety of global locations.
The final description will encapsulate all submissions to present a cohesive panel. We hope you will consider joining us at – CASCA! Please submit abstracts of 100-150 words to Jason.email@example.com as soon as possible.
Jason WM Ellsworth
Research Fellow, PhD Candidate & Lecturer
SOSA Dalhousie University”