By Frederick F. Wherry
Today it is common to discover goods in shops which are handmade in international locations like Thailand and Costa Rica. those "traditional" crafts now make up a huge a part of a world industry. They aid neighborhood and occasionally nationwide economies and aid create and solidify cultural identification. yet those crafts will not be unavoidably indigenous. while Thailand markets crafts with a protracted background and cultural legacy, Costa Rica has created a neighborhood handicraft culture the place none was once identified to exist previously.
In Global Markets and native Crafts, Frederick F. Wherry compares the handicraft industries of Thailand and Costa Rica to teach how neighborhood cultural industries holiday into international markets and, conversely, how worldwide markets have an effect on the ways that artisans comprehend, adapt, and make the most of their cultural traditions. Wherry develops a brand new framework for learning globalization through contemplating the phenomenon from the point of view of the provider rather than the marketplace. Drawing from interviews and broad fieldwork shadowing artisans and exporters of their day-by-day dealings, Wherry bargains a unprecedented account of globalization in motion―and what occurs whilst marketplace negotiations don't continue as deliberate.
Considering monetary and political forces, flows of individuals and fabrics, and frames that outline cultural and marketplace occasions as they play out within the artisan groups of those nations, Wherry uncovers how genuine people culture is capitalized or created.