Artisans and Cooperatives: Developing Alternative Trade for the Global Economy
By Kimberly M. Grimes published by University of Arizona Press, on 2000

With new markets opening up for goods produced by artisans from all parts of the world, craft commercialisation and craft industries have become key components of local economies. Now with the emergence of the Fair Trade movement and public opposition to sweatshop labour, many people are demanding that artisans in third world countries not be exploited for their labour.
As the gap between rich and poor widens, the fate of subsistence economies seems more and more uncertain. The artisans in this book show that people can and do employ innovative opportunities to develop their talents, and in the process strengthen their ethnic identities.