This book takes an everyday item and considers it in a way that readers may not have previously thought possible. It tackles topics relevant to today, everything from fakes in the museums to farm-to-table eating, and answers questions about how we can anticipate and change our world in areas as far-reaching as the environment, politics, and the clash of civilizations occurring between countries. Much like other pop economics books have done before, the stories are easily retold in water-cooler style, allowing them to be thoughtfully considered, argued, and discussed.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Randye Kaye is an accomplished voice talent, actress, singer, broadcaster, and author. She received a Listen-Up Award nomination and starred reviews for Ben Behind His Voices, which she also wrote, bringing together the various facets of her career.
Table of Contents
Introducing the central idea of the book: Clothing is a bellwether, a canary in a coal mine, a tool.
Did clothing predict Donald Trump would win?
How you can see the effects of Hurricane Katrina at your neighborhood TJ Maxx
You can use clothing to predict changes in the world
Clothing tells you what large groups of people are thinking, even before they know themselves
Clothing can save your life
1 Are You Wearing Your Lucky Jersey? 1
Using clothing to read others' minds and thoughts
Why your banker being superstitious indicates a recession is coming
Why even math-based people don't always make decisions using facts
How we wear our emotions and possibly our intent
Clothing tells you what people are afraid of and what they are planning
How clothing is data
2 You Already Know if that's a Fake in the Museum 15
How clothing is linked to worldwide cons in science and finance
How a fake might wend its way into a museum
Malcolm McLarens decades-long war against auction houses
You already have the tools to tell if you're being conned
Why speakeasies are bogus
What résumés and cloning have to do with the financial crisis
How clothing can tell you when the next financial fraud is coming
3 Bankers' Wives are Laundering Money 37
How resale shops just happen to forecast recessions
How Livestrong and Fitbit came to change city maps worldwide
Recycling, this generations peace symbol
Are we consuming more just to claim we are being green rather than just, actually, being green?
How clothing is a weapon of money and power in a divorce
The wife "bonus"
How consumption patterns of the seemingly recession-proof superrich are, in fact, predictors of recession
4 Not Shopping Could Save the Planet 51
We are running out of drinking water, and how our retail behaviors could solve that
What is freecycling? How could it save our earth?
Choosing to machine-wash or dry-clean your clothes could mean the end of sushi
How being cheap became trendy
What the 1980s cash-for-gold commercials and Marie Kondo have in common
The circular economy
Buying one less pair of jeans provides water for the population of Avon, Colorado
The China effect, or when the worlds biggest shoppers might stop buying.
5 Is Your Cotton Shirt Causing Starvation? 69
Food or clothing; we might not be able to have both
Why foraging is just a really, really bad idea
How farm-to-table is possibly causing starvation in Africa
Cotton farmers have the highest rate of farmer cancers
Is your T-shirt causing famine?
GMOs, bamboo, fracking, and how one man crossed two continents just to grow his own cotton
Ethanol and the resulting food crises
Why avocado toast is the new blood diamond
6 Can Clothing Save the Lives of Millions? 85
Can existing wearable technology alter the death rate of natural disasters forever?
How a watch could save your life in an earthquake
A Hong Kong coin shortage led to our connected world
Can clothing protect you in a post 9/11 universe?
Ball caps and jackets that could help Alzheimer's patients and prevent car accidents
A purse that could never be stolen
Shoes that could power a city grid
Military-grade facial recognition and how we are already using it
How American author Edward Bellamy predicted the coming cashless world in 1888
7 Burkinis and the Clash of Civilizations 103
How terrorism, clothing, and travel became inextricably linked
How social media made culture the new war, and how culture made clothing the new battleground
The French burkini ban and why laïcité means you should get naked
Why you are ten times more likely to die at the hands of LA gangs than at the hands of ISIS
What ideas about child abuse have to do with banning burkas
The difficulty of modesty in a Bollywood and Instagram world
How clothing became a weapon in the war against terrorism.
Conclusion: The Power to Change Everything 119
About the Author 167