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Shea Butter Republic

Shea Butter Republic


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Shea butter (butyrospermin parkii) has been produced and sold by rural West African women and circulated on the world market as a raw material for more than a century. Shea butter has been used for cooking, making soap and candles, leatherworking, dying, as a medical and beauty aid, and most significantly, as a substitute for cocoa butter in chocolate production. Now sold in exclusive shops as a high-priced cosmetic and medicinal product, it caters to the desire of cosmopolitan customers worldwide for luxury and exotic self-indulgence. This ethnographic study traces shea from a pre- to post-industrial commodity to provide a deeper understanding of emerging trends in tropical commoditization, consumption, global economic restructuring and rural livelihoods. Also inlcludes seven maps.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415944618
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 21 mm
  • Weight: 516 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0415944619
  • Publisher Date: 25 Jan 2004
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 227 mm
  • No of Pages: 315
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: State Power, Global Markets, and the Making of an Indigenous Commodity
  • Width: 154 mm


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