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Tasting qualities [electronic resource] : the past and future of tea

Title
Tasting qualities [electronic resource] : the past and future of tea / Sarah Besky.
Author
Besky, Sarah, 1981-
Publication
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]

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1 online resource.
Series Statement
Atelier: ethnographic inquiry in the twenty-first century; 5
Uniform Title
  • Atelier (Oakland, Calif.) ; 5.
  • Tasting qualities (Online)
Alternative Title
Tasting qualities (Online)
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Genre/Form
Electronic books.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.
Contents
Introduction : the production of quality -- The work of taste -- The auction and the archive -- The problem with blending -- The science of quality -- The quality of cheap tea -- The quality of markets -- Conclusion: the endurance of quality.
ISBN
9780520972704
LCCN
2019042809
Author
Besky, Sarah, 1981-
Title
Tasting qualities [electronic resource] : the past and future of tea / Sarah Besky.
Imprint
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
Series
Atelier: ethnographic inquiry in the twenty-first century; 5
Atelier (Oakland, Calif.) ; 5.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Access
Access restricted to authorized users.
Summary
"What is the place of quality in contemporary capitalism? How is a product as ordinary as a bag of tea valued for its quality? In her innovative study, Sarah Besky addresses these questions by going inside an Indian auction house where experts taste and value mass-market black tea, one of the world's most recognized commodities. Pairing rich historical data with ethnographic research among agronomists, professional tea tasters and traders, and tea plantation workers, Besky shows how the meaning of quality has been subjected to nearly constant experimentation and debate over the history of the tea industry. Working across political economy, science and technology studies, and sensory ethnography, the book argues for an approach to quality that sees it not as a final destination for economic, imperial, or post-imperial projects but as an opening for those projects"-- Provided by publisher.
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Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.
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Print version: Besky, Sarah, 1981- Tasting qualities Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020] 9780520303249 (DLC) 2019042808
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