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

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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.


Sociology and Anthropology

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