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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For over a century, the sweatshop has evoked outrage and moral repugnance. Once cast as a type of dangerous and immoral garment factory brought to American shores by European immigrants, today the sweatshop is reviled as emblematic of the abuses of an unregulated global economy. This collection unites some of the best recent work in the interdisciplinary field of "sweatshop studies." It examines changing understandings of the roots and problems of the sweatshop, and explores how the history of the American sweatshop is inexorably intertwined with global migration of capital, labor, ideas and goods. The American sweatshop may be located abroad but remains bound to the United States through ties of fashion, politics, labor 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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A Foreign Method of Working Racial Degeneration Gender Disorder and the Sweatshop Danger in America
Fashion Flexible Specialization and the Sweatshop A Historical Problem
Bringing Sweatshops into the Museum
Labor Liberals and Sweatshops
An Industry on Wheels The Migration of Pennsylvanias Garment Factories
Sweatshops in Sunset Park A Variation of the LateTwentiethCentury Chinese Garment Shops in New York City
Offshore Production
Globalization and Worker Organization in New York Citys Garment Industry
Sweatshop Feminism Italian Womens Political Culture in New York Citys Needle Trades 18901919
Consumers of the World Unite Campaigns Against Sweating Past and Present
The Rise of the Second Antisweatshop Movement
Students Against Sweatshops A History
The Ideal Sweatshop? Gender and Transnational Protest
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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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