Slave Cocoa and Red Rubber: E. D. Morel and the Problem of Ethical Consumption

  title={Slave Cocoa and Red Rubber: E. D. Morel and the Problem of Ethical Consumption},
  author={Jonathan E. Robins},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={592 - 611}
  • Jonathan E. Robins
  • Published 1 July 2012
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Abstract Over the last two decades, consumption, consumerism, and the idea of consumer agency have attracted a great deal attention from scholars across a number of disciplines. Among historians, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been identified as a crucial period for consumption, one in which consumers emerged as an influential group of political, economic, and social agents. Historians of the English-speaking world have advanced bold claims about the prominence and… 
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