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Labour in the Clothing Industry in the Asia Pacific

1st Edition

Edited by Vicki Crinis, Adrian Vickers


204 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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The clothing industry provides employment for 60 million workers worldwide. More than a quarter of these workers are employed in the Asia-Pacific region, where the industry is based on subcontracted production on behalf of international buyers. Rapid movements of manufacturing activity from country to country in search of cost advantages make clothing workers part of a globalizing labour market where they increasingly suffer from job insecurity.

This book presents carefully researched case studies which highlight the ways in which labour is informalized, fragmented and made disposable by the globalization of production. Chapters address issues pertaining to rights and citizenship, and new forms of activism and organization in conjunction and coordination with diverse support groups, consumers, and wider global campaigns. Contributors further examine the role of the nation state, government regulatory bodies, as well as independent monitoring systems such as the International Labour Organization. Although there has been considerable effort directed to understanding how firms operate across multiple countries – in studies of the organization of global production networks, and the implications for complexities of scale, (de)territorialization and state development projects – there has been far less focus on how these processes produce precarious labour and reshape worker consciousness.

Offering new insights into the understanding and support of workers in the global textile and garment industry, this book will be of interest to academics in a variety of disciplines including Asian Studies, sociology, political economy, development, human rights, labour and gender.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Dis-organizing Labour in the Clothing Industry in the Asia Pacific Vicki Crinis and Adrian Vickers 2. The Fragmentation of the Clothing and Textile Trade Union Movement in Malaysia Vicki Crinis 3. Scrutinizing the Effectiveness of Trade Unions in Post-socialist Vietnam Anne Cox 4. Before Rana Plaza: Toward a History of labour Organizing in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Dina Siddiqi 5. Migrant Workers in the Clothing Industry: Networking in Christian Spaces Vicki Crinis and Angie Ngoc Tran 6. China’s Migrant Workers and the Global Financial Crisis Kate Hannan 7. Workers in the Indian Export Garment Industry: Surviving Neoliberal Reforms Ruchira Ganguly–Scrase 8. Child Labour and Gender Discrimination in the Garment Industry of Kong Pisei, Cambodia Melanie Beresford, Ivan Cucco and Laura Prota 9. Asian Women Doing Home-based Garment Manufacturing in Sydney, Australia Elissa Sutherland Appendix

About the Editors

Dr Vicki Crinis is Associate Researcher with the Law, Humanities and Creative Arts Faculty at the University of Wollongong, where she previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on the garment industry in the Asia-Pacific. Her research focuses on the global clothing industry, trade unions and migrant workers in Malaysia, and she has published some book chapters and journal articles on female labour, sweatshops in the clothing industry, NGOs and trade unions, CSR labour rights and human rights.

Professor Adrian Vickers holds a personal chair at the University of Sydney, and researches and publishes on the cultural history of Southeast Asia. He has held a series of ARC grants, the most recent looking at Indonesian art, the Cold War, and labour and industry in Southeast Asia. As part of a linkage grant on the history of Balinese painting, he has created a virtual museum, continuing previous pioneering work in eResearch and teaching. His books include the highly popular Bali: A Paradise Created (new edition 2012), A History of Modern Indonesia (new edition 2013) and Balinese Art: Paintings and Drawings of Bali, 1800-2010 (2012). Professor Vickers has recently been a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, the National University of Singapore, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Joint Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of the growth economies of Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General