Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
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This is a collection of work in the interdisciplinary field of sweatshop studies. It examines the changing understanding of the roots and problems with the sweatshop as well as exploring how the history of the American sweatshop is inexorably intertwined with global migration of capital, labour, ideas and goods. The American sweatshop may be located abroad but remains bound to the United States through ties of fashion, politics, labour 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 frequently been written and re-written by unionists, reformers, activists and politicians. So, too, have they mourned its return.
 

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Contents

A Foreign Method of Working Racial Degeneration Gender Disorder and the Sweatshop Danger in America
19
Fashion Flexible Specialization and the Sweatshop A Historical Problem
37
Bringing Sweatshops into the Museum
57
Labor Liberals and Sweatshops
77
An Industry on Wheels The Migration of Pennsylvanias Garment Factories
91
Sweatshops in Sunset Park A Variation of the LateTwentiethCentury Chinese Garment Shops in New York City
117
Offshore Production
141
Globalization and Worker Organization in New York Citys Garment Industry
169
Sweatshop Feminism Italian Womens Political Culture in New York Citys Needle Trades 18901919
185
Consumers of the World Unite Campaigns Against Sweating Past and Present
203
The Rise of the Second Antisweatshop Movement
225
Students Against Sweatshops A History
247
The Ideal Sweatshop? Gender and Transnational Protest
265
Contributor Biographies
287
Index
291
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Page 5 - Office defines a sweatshop as "an employer that violates more than one federal or state labor law governing minimum wage and overtime, child labor, industrial homework, occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, or industry registration

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Daniel E. Bender is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Richard A. Greenwald is Assistant Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

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