Coffee, cash, and consumption: rethinking commodity production in the global south

Vos, J. (2018) Coffee, cash, and consumption: rethinking commodity production in the global south. Radical History Review, 131, pp. 183-188. (doi: 10.1215/01636545-4355329)

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This essay reflects on the study of coffee production in Angola, following research in business and missionary archives in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. After observing that African coffee farmers were consumers of foreign goods as much as they were producers for the global market, the essay makes a case for tying histories of consumption into histories of labor and production. It suggests there were long-term continuities as well as changes in African consumption patterns. Finally, it underlines the importance of studying the history of labor and consumption in Africa outside the traditional framework of colonial history, focusing instead on the global dimensions of commodity production.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Vos, Dr Jelmer
Authors: Vos, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Radical History Review
Publisher:Duke University Press
ISSN (Online):1534-1453
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 MARHO: The Radical Historians' Organization, Inc.
First Published:First published in Radical History Review 131: 183-188
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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