Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry
In a study crucial to our understanding of American social inequality, Edna Bonacich and Richard Appelbaum investigate the return of sweatshops to the apparel industry, especially in Los Angeles. The "new" sweatshops, they say, need to be understood in terms of the decline in the American welfare state and its strong unions and the rise in global and flexible production. A...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published June 28th 2000 by University of California Press
(first published May 29th 2000)
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I read this book in college for a sociology course I was taking that dealt with the topic of globalization. In this book, Bonacich uncovers the world of sweatshops in the U.S. According to Bonacich, the spread of capitalism and shift in trade flows among the countries has given rise to a number of sweatshops. However, when most people think of sweatshops they think of Asian or Latin American countries. Bonacich uncovers the numerous sweatshops found along the U.S./Mexico border in the United Sta...more