Unmaking the Global Sweatshop is a volume that brings together a rich collection of ethnographic studies which focus on the deplorable safety conditions at work and the poor status of health and well-being of workers employed within current garment production regimes. The overarching context of each of these studies is the interesting conjuncture of increasing corporate self-regulation and enforcement of newly formulated voluntary labour codes defined by the ‘first world’ for ‘third world’ garment sweatshops. In this regard, two such codes that are critically discussed by several of the contributors are the ‘Accord on Fire and Building Safety on Bangladesh’ and the ‘Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety’ of 2013. The collection represents a much needed and well timed intervention in the ensuing debate about the perils of the current form of globalization and the spread of highly NGO-ized trans-national activism.
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