Claiming connections: A distant world of sweatshops?
Claiming connections: A distant world of sweatshops?

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Claiming connections: A distant world of sweatshops?

1.4.4 Summary

  • The question of who is responsible for factory sweatshops in the poorer regions of the globe remains a passionate political issue, in North America and beyond. Views on how responsibility for overseas sweatshops should be exercised differ between those who believe that it should be left to market forces to improve conditions and those who consider that everyone, as a consumer, bears some responsibility for their perpetuation and should intervene to bring about change.

  • For the antisweatshop movement, those in wealthier contexts who benefit from overseas sweatshop production are responsible, but not to blame, for such conditions. Whereas factory owners and managers are culpable, distant consumers and other agencies are politically responsible in that they have a collective responsibility to change our everyday buying and selling practices so that factory conditions elsewhere improve.


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