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Claiming connections: A distant world of sweatshops?
Sweatshops and the exploitation of workers are often linked to the globalised production of 'big brand' labels. This free course, Claiming connections: A distant world of sweatshops?, examines how campaigners have successfully closed the distance between the brands and the sweatshops, while others argue that such production 'kick starts' economies into growth benefiting whole communities.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- explain the main characteristics of ‘sweatshops’, and their presence in today's system of globalised production
- set out the arguments for and against overseas sweatshop exploitation
- consider how far the consumption of cheap branded goods makes consumers responsible for the conditions under which they are made
- show how consumers are distanced from overseas sweatshop exploitation, and, conversely, how the antisweatshop movement has attempted to bring the issue closer to our everyday lives.
First Published: 24/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Overview
- 1 Overview
- 1.1 Claiming connections: a distant world of sweatshops?
- 1.2 From global factories over there
- 1.2.1 Introduction
- 1.2.2 Offshore fragments of industry
- 1.2.3 Activity 2
- 1.2.4 Offshore fragments of industry: the negative standpoint
- 1.2.5 Offshore fragments of industry: a pro-market standpoint
- 1.2.6 Defining global markets
- 1.2.7 In praise of cheap offshore labour?
- 1.2.8 In praise of cheap offshore labour? continued
- 1.2.9 In praise of cheap offshore labour? continued
- 1.2.10 Summary
- 1.3 To sweatshops closer to home
- 1.4 Responsibility for elsewhere
- 1.5 Conclusion
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