Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women's Work

Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women's Work

by Ethel C. Brooks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816644853

ISBN-13: 9780816644858

Pub. Date: 03/08/2007

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Unraveling the Garment Industry is an ambitious investigation of the politics of labor and protest within an industry that has come to define the possibilities and abuses of globalization and its feminized labor: the garment industry. Focusing on three labor rights movements—against GAP clothing in El Salvador, child labor in Bangladesh, and

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Unraveling the Garment Industry is an ambitious investigation of the politics of labor and protest within an industry that has come to define the possibilities and abuses of globalization and its feminized labor: the garment industry. Focusing on three labor rights movements—against GAP clothing in El Salvador, child labor in Bangladesh, and sweatshops in New York City—Ethel C. Brooks examines how transnational consumer protest campaigns effect change, sometimes with unplanned penalties for those they intend to protect.

Brooks analyzes a two-pronged problem in consumer boycott campaigns against labor abuse in the garment industry. First, how are we to understand the political necessities of local protest such as the right to unionize against the emphasis placed on consumer boycotts? Second, what and whose agency is privileged or obscured within the symbolic economies and the politics of information deployed by these campaigns? Tying both of these questions together is a commitment to seeing globalization as embedded in the everyday realities of the local. 

Drawing attention to the race, class, and gender assumptions central to powerful consumer boycotts, Brooks reveals how these movements unintentionally reinforce the global economic forces they denounce.

Ethel C. Brooks is assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and sociology at Rutgers University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816644858
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
03/08/2007
Series:
Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Acronyms     ix
Introduction     xiii
Children, Schools, and Labored Questions     1
Organizing in Times of (Post)War     26
The Ideal of Transnational Organizing     54
Disciplining Bodies     82
Women First?     114
Living Proof     138
Epilogue: Gender and the Work of Branding     163
Acknowledgments     173
Notes     177
Bibliography     203
Index     219

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