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Introduction

Ellen Israel Rosen

in Making Sweatshops

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233362
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928572 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233362.003.0001
Introduction

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This book explores the complex political, social, and economic events that have transformed the U.S. apparel industry. It investigates the forces that have made the textile, apparel, and retail complex into a network of large transnational and multinational corporate entities that rely on a vast network of low-wage, female-dominated production sites around the world. It analyzes the formation of U.S. trade policy for textiles and apparel since World War II. The political and economic contexts are described in which trade policy for the textile, apparel, and retail industries were made and how they led to the globalization of these industries. The flaws in the neoliberal model and how its implementation has affected women workers in the industry are elaborated on. An overview of the chapters included in this book is reported. It is stated that trade liberalization has not freed the apparel trade from government regulation.

Keywords: U.S. apparel industry; U.S. trade policy; textiles; globalization; neoliberal model; women workers; trade liberalization; government regulation; apparel trade

Chapter.  4809 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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