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    Marketing as a means to transformative social conflict resolution: lessons from transitioning war economies and the Colombian coffee marketing system

    Barrios Fajardo, A. and De Valck, K. and Schultz, C. and Sibai, Olivier and Husemann, K. and Maxwell-Smith, M. and Luedicke, M. (2016) Marketing as a means to transformative social conflict resolution: lessons from transitioning war economies and the Colombian coffee marketing system. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing 35 (2), pp. 185-197. ISSN 1547-7207.

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    Abstract

    Social conflicts are ubiquitous to the human condition and occur throughout markets, marketing processes, and marketing systems. When unchecked or unmitigated, social conflict can have devastating consequences for consumers, marketers, and societies, especially when conflict escalates to war. In this paper, the authors offer a systemic analysis of the Colombian war economy, with its conflicted shadow and coping markets, to show how a growing network of fair-trade coffee actors has played a key role in transitioning the country’s war economy into a peace economy. They particularly draw attention to the sources of conflict in this market and highlight four transition mechanisms—i.e. empowerment, communication, community building and regulation—through which marketers can contribute to peacemaking and thus produce mutually beneficial outcomes for consumers and society. The paper concludes with a discussion of implications for marketing theory, practice, and public policy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Colombia, peace / war economy, social conflict, systemic analysis, transformation
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Olivier Sibai
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 13:43
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2020 16:12
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15740

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