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Threads: Gender, Labor, and Power in the Global Apparel Industry

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Americans have been shocked by media reports of the dismal working conditions in factories that make clothing for U.S. companies. But while well intentioned, many of these reports about child labor and sweatshop practices rely on stereotypes of how Third World factories operate, ignoring the complex economic dynamics driving the global apparel industry.

To dispel these misunderstandings, Jane L. Collins visited two very different apparel firms and their factories in the United States and Mexico. Moving from corporate headquarters to factory floors, her study traces the diverse ties that link First and Third World workers and managers, producers and consumers. Collins examines how the transnational economics of the apparel industry allow firms to relocate or subcontract their work anywhere in the world, making it much harder for garment workers in the United States or any other country to demand fair pay and humane working conditions.

Putting a human face on globalization, Threads shows not only how international trade affects local communities but also how workers can organize in this new environment to more effectively demand better treatment from their distant corporate employers.

About the Author

Jane L. Collins is a professor of rural sociology and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Unseasonal Migrations: The Effects of Rural Labor Scarcity in Peru and coauthor of Reading National Geographic, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Tracing the Threads of a Global Industry

2. The Emergence of a Twenty-first Century Apparel Industry

3. Tultex: Mass-Producing Knitwear in Southern Virginia

4. Liz Claiborne Incorporated: Developing a Global Production Network

5. On the Shop Floor in Aguascalientes

6. Local Labor and Global Capital

7. From Gilded Age to New Deal?

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226113722
Author:
Collins, Jane Lou
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Collins, Jane L.
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Clothing trade
Subject:
International business enterprises
Subject:
Consumers
Subject:
Clothing workers
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Knit goods industry
Subject:
Women clothing workers
Subject:
Careers - Job Almanacs
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Clothing trade -- United States.
Subject:
Business-Careers
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones, 7 tables
Pages:
221
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in

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