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The Violence We Consume - Embodied Violence in Nicaraguan Coffee Production

Prämassing, Inga LU (2017) HEKM51 20171
Human Ecology
Abstract
Based on ethnographic fieldwork with corteros in northern Nicaragua, this grounded theory study introduces two new concepts, the main concept embodied violence and related to it violence displacement. These concepts link the worker on the coffee plantation in the periphery with the final consumer in the core, arguing that the latter consumes embodied violence that the former had to suffer during the production process. This violence has been displaced from the core to the periphery, from the consumer to the producer. Through the application of concepts of violence from Galtung and Nixon on the working conditions in the coffee harvest, this study shows the inherent violence in the process. The analysis and the following conceptualization... (More)
Based on ethnographic fieldwork with corteros in northern Nicaragua, this grounded theory study introduces two new concepts, the main concept embodied violence and related to it violence displacement. These concepts link the worker on the coffee plantation in the periphery with the final consumer in the core, arguing that the latter consumes embodied violence that the former had to suffer during the production process. This violence has been displaced from the core to the periphery, from the consumer to the producer. Through the application of concepts of violence from Galtung and Nixon on the working conditions in the coffee harvest, this study shows the inherent violence in the process. The analysis and the following conceptualization illustrate the producer-consumer relationship and the importance of the two concepts. They are framed by decolonial theory and take a bearing on Hornborg's concepts of embodied land and embodied labor, as well as on his concept of environmental load displacement. The combination of all these concepts shows that embodied violence is the logic result. Together with the concept of violence displacement, it closes a gap in the existing literature, providing a tool to investigate another dimension present in the unequal exchange in the world-system. (Less)
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author
Prämassing, Inga LU
supervisor
organization
course
HEKM51 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Violence, Ecologically unequal exchange, World-system, Coloniality of power, Coffee, Nicaragua
language
English
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8908024
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2017-06-20 08:49:08
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  abstract     = {Based on ethnographic fieldwork with corteros in northern Nicaragua, this grounded theory study introduces two new concepts, the main concept embodied violence and related to it violence displacement. These concepts link the worker on the coffee plantation in the periphery with the final consumer in the core, arguing that the latter consumes embodied violence that the former had to suffer during the production process. This violence has been displaced from the core to the periphery, from the consumer to the producer. Through the application of concepts of violence from Galtung and Nixon on the working conditions in the coffee harvest, this study shows the inherent violence in the process. The analysis and the following conceptualization illustrate the producer-consumer relationship and the importance of the two concepts. They are framed by decolonial theory and take a bearing on Hornborg's concepts of embodied land and embodied labor, as well as on his concept of environmental load displacement. The combination of all these concepts shows that embodied violence is the logic result. Together with the concept of violence displacement, it closes a gap in the existing literature, providing a tool to investigate another dimension present in the unequal exchange in the world-system.},
  author       = {Prämassing, Inga},
  keyword      = {Violence,Ecologically unequal exchange,World-system,Coloniality of power,Coffee,Nicaragua},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Violence We Consume - Embodied Violence in Nicaraguan Coffee Production},
  year         = {2017},
}