Study: what to read?

Challenge bookshelf

Warning: readings on list may differ from those in photo!

This Challenge will introduce you to the ways in which academic study can help us to better appreciate the fashion business and its potential for change.

With the help of our Advisory Board members Professor Louise Crewe & Dr Alex Hughes, we’ll be adding to the reading list below.

We have recommended this article by Professor Crewe to start your reading. Once you’re read that, you’ll be ready to read the following for more depth and detail.

Recommended reading

Allen, J. (2008) Claiming connections: a distant world of sweatshops. In Barnett, C, Robinson, J and Rose, G. (eds) Geographies of Globalization: Living in a Demanding World London: Sage: 7-54

Barnett, C. Cloke, P. Clarke, N. & Malpass, A. (2011) Globalising Responsibility. Oxford: Blackwell

Barrientos, S. (2000) Globalisation and ethical trade. Journal of International Development 12.4: 559-70

Blowfield, M. (1999) Ethical trade: a review of developments and issues. Third World Quarterly 20: 753-70

Boyd, A. (ed) (2012) Beautiful trouble: a toolbox for revolution. New York: O/R Books [link]

Castree, N. (2001) Commodity fetishism, geographical imaginations and imaginative geographies. Environment and Planning A, 33: 1519-1525

Clarke, N. (2008) From ethical consumerism to political consumption. Geography compass 2(6): 1870-1884

Cook, I. & Woodyer, T. (2012) Lives of things. in Sheppard, E., Barnes, T. & Peck, J. (eds) The new companion to economic geography. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 226-241

Crewe, L. (2004) A thread lost in an endless labyrinth: unravelling fashion’s commodity chains. in Hughes, A. and Reimer, S. (eds) Geographies of commodity chains London Routledge: 195 – 214

Crewe, L. (2008) Ugly beautiful: counting the cost of the global fashion industry. Geography 93(1): 25-33 [download here]

Darts, D. (2004) Visual culture jam: art, pedagogy and creative resistance. Studies in Art Education 45(4): 313-327 [download]

Fletcher, K. (2014) Sustainable fashion and textiles: design journeys (second edition).  London: Earthscan

Foster, R. (2006) Tracking globalization: commodities and value in motion. Tilley, C., Keane, W., Kuchler, S., Rowlands, M. & Spyer, P. (eds) Handbook of material culture. London: Sage: 285-302 [download here]

Hale, A. (2000) What hope for ethical trade in the globalised garment industry? Antipode 32(4): 349-356

Hale, A. & Wills, J. (2005) Threads of Labour: garment industry supply chains from the worker’s perspective. Oxford: Blackwell

Hughes A. (2005) Corporate strategy and the management of ethical trade: The case of the UK food and clothing retailers. Environment and Planning A 37(7): 1145-1163

Hughes, A. (2007) Geographies of exchange and circulation: flows and networks of knowledgable capitalism. Progress in Human Geography 31(4): 527-535

Hughes, A. & Ruwanpura, K. (2013) Evaluating Ethical Workplace Standards: Corporate and Public Sector Workwear from Karachi, Pakistan. NHS Scotland Procurement ( last accessed 22 May 2014)

Hughes, A. & Reimer, S. (2004) Geographies of commodity chains. London: Routledge

Hughes, A., Buttle, M. & Wrigley, N. (2007) Organisational Geographies of corporate responsibility: a UK-US comparison of retailers’ ethical trading initiatives Journal of Economic Geography 7(4): 491-513

Johns, R. & Vural, L. (2000) Class, geography and the consumerist turn: UNITE and the Stop Sweatshops Campaign. Environment and Planning A, 23: 1193-1213

Klein, N. (2000) No Logo. London: Harper Collins

Lesley, D. & Reimer, S. (1999) Spatialising commodity chains Progress in Human Geography 23(3): 401–420

McIntyre, R. & Ramstad, Y. (2011) Not only Nike’s doing it: sweating and the contemporary labour market. in Welters. L. & Lillethun, A. (eds) The Fashion Reader (2nd edition), Oxford: Berg, 317-322

Micheletti, M. & Stolle, D. (2007) Mobilizing consumers to take responsibility for global social justice. Annals, AAPSS 611 (May): 157-175

Micheletti, M. & Stolle, D. (2008) Fashioning social justice through political consumerism, capital and the internet. Cultural studies 22(5): 749-769

Miller, D. & Woodward, S. (2011) Global Denim. Oxford: Berg

Minney, S. (2011) Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution.  Oxford: New Internationalist

Ross, A. (ed.) (1997) No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade & the Rights of Garment Workers. London: Verso

Salzinger, L. (1997) From high heels to swathed bodies: gendered meanings under production in Mexico’s Export Processing Industry. Feminist Studies 23(3): 549-574

Salzinger, L. (2000) Manufacturing sexual subjects: harassment, desire and discipline on a maquiladora shopfloor Ethnography 1(1): 67-92

Sandlin, J. & Callahan, J. (2009) Deviance, dissonance & détournement: culture jammers’ use of emotion in consumer resistance. Journal of consumer culture 9(1): 79-115

Sandlin, J. & Milam, J. (2008) ‘Mixing pop culture and politics’: culture jamming and anti-consumption activism as critical public pedagogy. Curriculum inquiry 38(3): 323-50

Silvey, R. (2004) A wrench in the global works: anti-sweatshop activism on campus. Antipode

Skov, L. (2005) The return of the fur coat: A commodity chain perspective. Current Sociology 53: 9-32

Snyder, R.L. (2008) Fugitive denim: a moving story of people and pants in the borderless world of global trade. London: Norton & Co [read about this here]

The Vacuum Cleaner (2007) How to play, prank and subvert the system. in Trapese Collective (eds) Do it yourself: a handbook for changing our world. London: Pluto, p.171-186 [link for downloading]

Kelsey Timmerman (2008) Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes. Wiley: New Jersey [read about this here]

Trapese Collective (2007) Introduction: do it yourself. in their (eds) Do it yourself: a handbook for changing our world. London: Pluto, 1-10 [link for downloading]

Verson, J. (2007) Why we need cultural activism. in Trapese Collective (eds) Do it yourself: a handbook for changing our world. London: Pluto, 171-186 [link for downloading]

Wright, M. (1997) Crossing the factory frontier – gender, power and place in the Mexican maquiladora. Antipode 29(3): 278-302

Wright, M. (1999) The politics of relocation: gender, nationality and value in a Mexican maquiladora. Environment and Planning A 31: 1601-1617

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