Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops by Robert Ross

By Robert Ross

"A tremendous and lovely booklet, the mature paintings of an entire life, needs to interpreting for college kids of the globalization debate."

---Tom Hayden

"Slaves to Fashion is a outstanding success, numerous books in a single: a gripping heritage of sweatshops, explaining their decline, fall, and go back; a research of the way the media painting them; an research of the fortunes of the present anti-sweatshop move; an anatomy of the worldwide site visitors in clothing, particularly the South-South festival that sends wages and dealing stipulations plummeting towards the ground; and never least, a passionate assertion of religion that humanity can have the opportunity to get its paintings refrained from sweatshops. this can be engaged sociology at its so much stimulating."

---Todd Gitlin

". . . unflinchingly portrays the reemergence of the sweatshop in our dog-eat-dog economy."

---Los Angeles Times

Just as Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed exposed the plight of the operating bad in the United States, Robert J. S. Ross's Slaves to Fashion exposes the darkish aspect of the attire and its exploited staff at domestic and in a foreign country. it really is either a lesson in American company background and a caution approximately probably the most vital matters dealing with the worldwide capital economy-the reappearance of the sweatshop.

Vividly detailing the decline and tragic rebirth of sweatshop stipulations within the American clothing of the 20 th century, Ross explains the hot sweatshops as a fabricated from unregulated international capitalism and linked deregulation, union erosion, and exploitation of undocumented employees. utilizing ancient fabric and monetary and social facts, the writer exhibits that once a short thirty-five years of reasonable practices, the U.S. clothing company has once more sunk to shameful abuse and exploitation.

Refreshingly jargon-free yet documented intensive, Slaves to Fashion is the one paintings to estimate the scale of the sweatshop challenge and to systematically exhibit its effect on clothing employees' wages. it's also certain in its research of the budgets and group of workers utilized in implementing the reasonable exertions criteria Act.

Anyone who's serious about this pressing social and monetary subject and desires to head past the headlines may still learn this significant and well timed contribution to the emerging debate on low-wage manufacturing unit labor.


Robert J.S. Ross is Professor of Sociology, Clark collage. he's a professional within the region of sweatshops and globalization. he's an activist educational who travels and lectures broadly and has released quite a few similar articles.

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