Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective

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The book brings the history of the sweatshop into focus by placing it under a global lens. Uniting some of the best recent work in the inter-disciplinary field of "sweatshop studies", this collection traces the changing meanings of the sweatshop in today's global world. The essays reveal how the history of the American sweatshop is inexorably intertwined with global migrations of capital, labour, ideas, and goods.
 

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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

About the author (2003)

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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