Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes / Edition 2

Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes / Edition 2

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by Kelsey Timmerman
     
 

Ninety-seven percent of our clothes are made overseas. Yet globalization makes it difficult to know much about the origin of the products we buy—beyond the standard "Made in" label. So journalist and blogger Kelsey Timmerman decided to visit each of the countries and factories where his five favorite items of clothing were made and meet the workers. He knew

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Ninety-seven percent of our clothes are made overseas. Yet globalization makes it difficult to know much about the origin of the products we buy—beyond the standard "Made in" label. So journalist and blogger Kelsey Timmerman decided to visit each of the countries and factories where his five favorite items of clothing were made and meet the workers. He knew the basics of globalized labor—the forces, processes, economics, and politics at work. But what was lost among all those facts and numbers was an understanding of the lives, personalities, hopes, and dreams of the people who made his clothes.

In Bangladesh, he went undercover as an under-wear buyer, witnessed the child labor industry in action, and spent the day with a single mother who was forced to send her eldest son to Saudi Arabia to help support her family. In Cambodia, he learned the difference between those who wear Levi's and those who make them. In China, he saw the costs of globalization and the dark side of the Chinese economic miracle.

Bouncing between two very different worlds—that of impoverished garment workers and his own Western lifestyle—Timmerman puts a personal face on the controversial issues of globalization and outsourcing. Whether bowling with workers in Cambodia or riding a roller coaster with laborers in Bangladesh, he bridges the gap between impersonal economic forces and the people most directly affected by them. For anyone who wants to truly understand the real issues and the human costs of globalization, Where Am I Wearing? is an indispensable and unforgettable journey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470376546
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/24/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: We Have It Made xiii

Part I The Mission

Chapter 1 A Consumer Goes Global 3

Chapter 2 Tattoo's Tropical Paradise 13

Chapter 3 Fake Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Anti-Sweatshop Protestors 17

Part II My Underwear: Made in Bangladesh

Chapter 4 Jingle These 23

Chapter 5 Undercover in the Underwear Biz 33

Chapter 6 Bangladesh Amusement Park 39

Chapter 7 Inside My First Sweatshop 45

Chapter 8 Child Labor in Action 53

Chapter 9 Arifa, the Garment Worker 59

Chapter 10 Hope 69

Chapter 11 No Black and White, Only Green 75

Part III My Pants: Made in Cambodia

Chapter 12 Labor Day 85

Chapter 13 Year Zero 91

Chapter 14 Those Who Wear Levi's 99

Chapter 15 Those Who Make Levi's 107

Chapter 16 Progress 133

Chapter 17 Treasure and Trash 143

Part IV My Flip-Flops: Made in China

Chapter 18 PO'ed VP 151

Chapter 19 Margaritaville 161

Chapter 20 Life at the Bottom 163

Chapter 21 Growing Pains 175

Chapter 22 The Real China 187

Chapter 23 On a Budget 197

Chapter 24 An All-American Chinese Wal-Mart 203

Chapter 25 The Chinese Fantasy 211

Part V My Shorts: Made in the USA

Chapter 26 For Richer, for Poorer 219

Chapter 27 Untold Stories 233

Appendix Where Are You Wearing? The Inexact Science of Finding Out Where Your

Clothes Were Produced 245

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