Corinna Howland

Corinna Howland University of Auckland

Corinna completed her masters thesis in anthropology at the University of Auckland. Her research, titled “Buying Fair: The moral assemblage of Trade Aid and its adherents”, examined the moral understandings and practices which inform the purchase of fair trade products by middle-class New Zealanders. Upon graduating, she plans to head to South America to learn Spanish, before embarking on a PhD in Anthropology in the United States. Her other academic interests include development, political violence, South America, capitalism, and the middle-classes.

Unlike many anthropologists who stumble on the discipline by happy accident, Corinna was exposed to anthropology from an early age by her father. However, it wasn’t until a class trip to Japan in high school when her interest was consolidated. Corinna is firmly convinced that the depth of understanding and awareness of alternatives which anthropology offers can serve as a useful basis for critique and positive change in a world increasingly dominated by global market structures.

The receipt of the generous SYLFF Fellowship, alongside a University of Auckland Masters Scholarship, has proved invaluable for Corinna’s masters research. As a result, she was able to attend the 2012 American Anthropological Association’s Annual Conference, held in San Francisco, to present a paper titled ‘To market, to market: (Re)moralizing trading relationships via the Fair Trade alternative?’ She was also able to travel between Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch to conduct participant observation and interviews, and to purchase a number of relevant books that were not available in New Zealand. Corinna looks forward to becoming part of the SYLFF global network of scholars.