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ERIC Number: EJ784301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Standardization as a Means for Globalizing a Commodity: The Case of Rapeseed in China
Tanaka, Keiko; Busch, Lawrence
Rural Sociology, v68 n1 p25-45 Mar 2003
Not all commodities are things, nor are all things available in society commodities. Then, what are commodities? Using the case of rapeseed and its products in China, this paper examines the role of grades and standards (G&S) in simultaneously determining the life of things as commodities and the position of humans as market participants. In the first section, we summarize our conceptual understandings of commodities. Next, the paper examines tests and trials to which rapeseed in China were subjected by the mid 1990s. We then discuss how G&S represent political processes among commodity chain actors for creating, legitimizing and maintaining the social relations between things and people. Lastly, we discuss our conclusion that the analysis of tests and trials helps us understand the process of commodification as simultaneous transformations of humans and things in a commodity chain while reorganizing linkages among these actors. (Contains 1 figure and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China