Tasting Qualities

The Past and Future of Tea

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Publisher Description

What is the role of quality in contemporary capitalism? How is a product as ordinary as a bag of tea judged for its quality? In her innovative study, Sarah Besky addresses these questions by going inside an Indian auction house where experts taste and appraise 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 throughout the history of the tea industry. Working across fields of political economy, science and technology studies, and sensory ethnography, Tasting Qualities 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.

 

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2020
May 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
University of California Press
SELLER
University of California Press
SIZE
6.1
MB

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