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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 misu

Unknown Binding, 222 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published 2003)
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Collins has managed a delicate balancing act in this book between respect for the position of her corporate informants and a critical exposition on the reasons for corporate investment in developing countries – in this case, the Mexican textile and apparel industry. The opening two chapters discuss the development and relations of power within the clothing industry, whereas the substantial chapters explore four workplaces (a Virginia-based production plant, the Liz Claiborne HQ in New Jersey, an ...more
In Threads: Gender, Labor and Power in the Global Apparel Industry, Jane L. Collins shows how the apparel industry has developed under capitalism to become particularly labour-intensive, low-wage, and particularly female-oppressive work subcontracted out to the developing world. She focuses on the history, employment practices, and production techniques of two particular clothing companies, Tultex and Liz Claiborne, and their respective subcontracted plants in Mexico, Confitek and Burlmex. She ...more
Monica Nolan
Excellent. I'm sure the garment industry has evolved in even more troubling ways in the ten (I think) years since this was published. What can we do? My solution is to go back to hiring a seamstress to make my clothes, the way Betsy always had Miss Mix in the Betsy, Tacy, and Tib books.
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