Mass-Producing Oppression: An Analysis of the Global Apparel Industry

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Garment Industry, Oppression, Global Commodity Chains


Fashion Business | Inequality and Stratification | International Business | International Economics | Labor Economics


The issues explored in this paper are about power relationships and the physical, mental, and economic oppression inherent in a global economy based on unequal exchange between industrialized and "developing" nations. It is a study of the nature and mechanisms of oppression itself, using global garment industry as a pertinent case study. It looks at how power structures such as a truly global economy do not exist independent of mundane human experience, but rather, how they must be created and re-created through the actions of real people. Implicit in my analysis is the assertion that a global perspective is not sufficient to understand how oppression works, but rather that we must synthesize this top down perspective with bottom up perspective to get the whole picture.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Sociology and Anthropology

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