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The travels of a T-shirt in the global economy : an economist examines the markets, power, and politics of world trade / Pietra Rivoli.

Rivoli, Pietra [Browse]
  • Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, [2015]
  • ©2015
Second edition, new preface and epilogue, with updates on economic issues and main characters.
xx, 347 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary note:
The keys to global business success, as taught by a T-shirt's journey. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a critically-acclaimed narrative that illuminates the globalization debates and reveals the key factors to success in global business. Tracing a T-shirt's life story from a Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory and back to a U.S. storefront before arriving at the used clothing market in Africa, the book uncovers the political and economic forces at work in the global economy. Along the way, this fascinating exploration addresses a wealth of compelling questions about politics, trade, economics, ethics, and the impact of history on today's business landscape. This new printing of the second edition includes a revised preface and a new epilogue with updates through 2014 on the people, industries, and policies related to the T-shirt's life story. Using a simple, everyday T-shirt as a lens through which to explore the business, economic, moral, and political complexities of globalization in a historical context, Travels encapsulates a number of complex issues into a single identifiable object that will strike a chord with readers as they: Investigate the sources of sustained competitive advantage in different industries ; Examine the global economic and political forces that explain trade patters between countries ; Analyze complex moral issues related to globalization and international business ; Discover the importance of cultural and human elements in international trade. This story of a simple product illuminates the many complex issues which businesspeople, policymakers, and global citizens are touched by every day.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-334) and index.
How America has dominated the global cotton industry for 200 years -- The history of American cotton -- Back at the Reinsch farm -- All God's dangers ain't the subsidies -- Cotton comes to China -- The long race to the bottom -- Sisters in time -- The unwitting conspiracy -- Returning to America -- Dogs snarling together -- Perverse effects and unintended consequences of T-shirt trade policy -- 45 years of "temporary" protectionism end in 2009 -- now what? -- Where T-shirts go after the Salvation Army bin -- How small entrepreneurs clothe East Africa with old American T-shirts -- Mitumba : friend or foe to Africa? Conclusion. Epilogue: Developments 2009-2014. American cotton is still king -- The rase to the bottom speeds up -- The alphabet armies march on -- Competition heats up in the used clothing business.
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