Elaine is Research Assistant on Consuming Authenticities and a research student in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths. Her research focuses on west Wales, and the interplay of environment, economy and development planning through the example of alternative “eco-communities”, the practice of “low-impact” dwelling, and the encounter between environmental activists and the state.
Ethnographic research with craft cider-makers suggests that part of the authenticity of a craft cider derives from its staying true to the traditions of cider, as opposed to a “commercial cider”, a category often used by craft cider makers to distinguish their brew from those of lesser provenance. While I have discussed ambiguities in the […]
During the course of research into craft cider in Wales, I keep hearing the word ‘commercial’ used by the crafters. It is a common term used by craft cider makers operating at a range of scales, from garden cider makers to cider makers with successful ‘commercial’ businesses. ‘Commercial’ is typically used to differentiate between a […]
During the course of research into Welsh craft cider I have spoken with many cider-makers at all scales of the craft cider industry in Wales. These range from smallholders with a handful of apple trees to some of Wales’ biggest cider-makers. One of the key themes to emerge from our discussions is the role of […]
Whilst researching at the National Library of Wales I came across this book from 1842 (1819): “A practical treatise on breeding, rearing, and fattening all kinds of domestic poultry, pheasants, pigeons, and rabbits” by John Lawrence who was around from 1753 until 1839. At the back of the volume there was a quite in-depth section […]
A new tax on cider, or more properly, the end of a tax exemption for small cider producers is currently being demanded by the European Union, at the same time as a PDO designation for Welsh cider is being proposed. It is predicted that the end of the exemption will have a detrimental effect on […]