Orderly Fashion : A Sociology of Markets / Patrik Aspers.
- Course Book
- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
1 online resource (250 p.)
- Industrial sociology.
Fashion merchandising -- Social aspects.
Clothing trade -- Social aspects.
- Electronic books.
- For any market to work properly, certain key elements are necessary: competition, pricing, rules, clearly defined offers, and easy access to information. Without these components, there would be chaos. Orderly Fashion examines how order is maintained in the different interconnected consumer, producer, and credit markets of the global fashion industry. From retailers in Sweden and the United Kingdom to producers in India and Turkey, Patrik Aspers focuses on branded garment retailers--chains such as Gap, H&M, Old Navy, Topshop, and Zara. Aspers investigates these retailers' interactions and competition in the consumer market for fashion garments, traces connections between producer and consumer markets, and demonstrates why market order is best understood through an analysis of its different forms of social construction. Emphasizing consumption rather than production, Aspers considers the larger retailers' roles as buyers in the production market of garments, and as potential objects of investment in financial markets. He shows how markets overlap and intertwine and he defines two types of markets--status markets and standard markets. In status markets, market order is related to the identities of the participating actors more than the quality of the goods, whereas in standard markets the opposite holds true. Looking at how identities, products, and values create the ordered economic markets of the global fashion business, Orderly Fashion has wide implications for all modern markets, regardless of industry.
Chapter 1. Garment Sellers in Consumer Markets
Chapter 2. Affordable Fashion
Chapter 3. Entrenching Identities
Chapter 4. Branded Garment Retailers in the Production Market
Chapter 5. Manufacturing Garments in the Global Market
Chapter 6. Branded Garment Retailers in the Investment Market
Chapter 7. Markets as Partial Orders
Appendix I. Empirical Material and Methods
Appendix II. Garment Trade Statistics
Appendix III. The Garment Industry
Appendix IV. Economic Sociology
Appendix V. Fashion Theory and Research
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781400835188 doi
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