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Sweatshop USA The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective

ISBN-10: 041593561X
ISBN-13: 9780415935616
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

For over a century, the sweatshop has evoked outrage and moral repugnance. Once cast as a type of dangerous and immoral garment factory brought to American shores by European immigrants, today the sweatshop is reviled as emblematic of the abuses of an unregulated global economy. This collection unites some of the best recent work in the interdisciplinary field of "sweatshop studies." It examines changing understandings of the roots and problems of the sweatshop, and explores how the history of the American sweatshop is inexorably intertwined with global migration of capital, labor, ideas and goods. The American sweatshop may be located abroad but remains bound to the United States through ties of fashion, politics, labor and economics. The global character of the American sweatshop has presented a barrier to unionization and regulation. Anti-sweatshop campaigns have often focused on local organizing and national regulation while the sweatshop remains global. Thus, the epitaph for the sweatshop has frequentlybeen written and re-written by unionists, reformers, activists and politicians. So, too, have they mourned its return.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Global and Historical Perspective
"A Foreign Method of Working": Racial Degeneration, Gender Disorder, and the Sweatshop Danger in America
Fashion, Flexible Specialization, and the Sweatshop: A Historical Problem
Bringing Sweatshops into the Museum
Labor, Liberals, and Sweatshops
"An Industry on Wheels": The Migration of Pennsylvania's Garment Factories
Sweatshops in Sunset Park: A Variation of the Late- Twentieth-Century Chinese Garment Shops in New York City
Offshore Production
Globalization and Worker Organization in New York City's Garment Industry
Sweatshop Feminism: Italian Women's Political Culture in New York City's Needle Trades, 1890-1919
Consumers of the World Unite!: Campaigns Against Sweating, Past and Present
The Rise of the Second Antisweatshop Movement
Students Against Sweatshops: A History
The Ideal Sweatshop?: Gender and Transnational Protest
Contributor Biographies
Index

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