Free Trade and Uneven Development : The North American Apparel Industry after NAFTA / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume addresses many of the complex issues raised by North American integration through the lens of one of the largest and most global industries in the region: textiles and apparel. In part, this is a story of winners and losers in the globalization process, especially if one focuses on jobs lost and jobs gained in different countries and communities within North America, defined here as: Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. However, it would be a mistake to view the industry solely in these zerosum terms. The North American apparel industry is an excellent illustration of larger trends in the global economy, in which regional divisions of labor appear to be one of the most stable and effective responses to globalization.

The contributors to this volume are an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who have all done detailed fieldwork at the firm and factory levels in one or more countries of North America. Taken together the essays offer theoretical and methodological innovations built around the intersection of the global commodity chains and industrial districts literatures, as well as innovative approaches to studying the impact of cross-national, interfirm networks in terms of production and trade issues, and local development outcomes for workers and communities.

Author Biography: Gary Gereff is Director of the Markets and Management Studies Program at Duke University. He is the co-editor of Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (with Miguel Korzeniewicz) and Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (with Donald L. Wyman).

DavidSpener is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the co-editor (with Kathleen Staudt) of The U.S.-Mexico Border: Transcending Divisions, Contesting Identities.

Jennifer Bair is Lecturer of Sociology at Yale University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399685
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Analytical Overview
1 Introduction: The Apparel Industry and North American Economic Integration 3
2 NAFTA and the Apparel Commodity Chain: Corporate Strategies, Interfirm Networks, and Industrial Upgrading 23
Pt. II The Changing Face of the Apparel Industry in the United States
3 Subcontracting Networks in the New York City Garment Industry: Changing Characteristics in a Global Era 53
4 The Impact of North American Economic Integration on the Los Angeles Apparel Industry 74
5 The New Sweatshops in the United States: How New, How Real, How Many, and Why? 100
6 Labor's Response to Global Production 123
Pt. III The U.S.-Mexico Border Region
7 The Unraveling Seam: NAFTA and the Decline of the Apparel Industry in El Paso, Texas 139
8 Texmex: Linkages in a Binational Garment District? The Garment Industries in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez 161
9 Commodity Chains and Industrial Organization in the Apparel Industry in Monterrey and Ciudad Juarez 181
Pt. IV Interior Mexico
10 Torreon: The New Blue Jeans Capital of the World 203
11 Learning and the Limits of Foreign Partners as Teachers 224
12 Knitting the Networks between Mexican Producers and the U.S. Market 246
13 Fragmented Markets, Elaborate Chains: The Retail Distribution of Imported Clothing in Mexico 266
Pt. V Central America and the Caribbean
14 When Does Apparel Become a Peril? On the Nature of Industrialization in the Caribbean Basin 287
15 Can the Dominican Republic's Export-Processing Zones Survive NAFTA? 308
Pt. VI Conclusion
16 NAFTA and Uneven Development in the North American Apparel Industry 327
About the Contributors 341
Index 343
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