The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy : An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. New Preface and Epilogue with Updates on Economic Issues and Main Characters.
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- 2nd ed.
- Somerset : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014.
1 online resource (371 pages)
- Free trade.
International economic relations.
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- 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.
- The Travels of a T-Shirt in The Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade
Part I: King Cotton
1 How America Has Dominated the Global Cotton Industry for 200 Years
2 The History of American Cotton
Keep the Fiddler Well-Supplied with Catgut
Eli Meets a Venture Capitalist
Where Was the Competition?
All God's Dangers Ain't a White Man
Cotton Factories Arrive in Texas
3 Back at the Reinsch Farm
C.F. and Hattie Move West (and Bring a Tractor)
White Guys Get All Draggy-Like
Bureaucrats Push Out Sharecroppers
Machines that Don't Get All Discouraged
Pick Your Weather
The Reinsch Children Leave the Farm
Old Enemies, New Friends
Back to Nature or Forward to the Future?
4 All God's Dangers Ain't the Subsidies
Backward to Seed and Forward to Denim: Farmer Profits at Every Step
No More Handfuls
All This and Subsidies, Too
No Lipstick for Africa
Where Is the Competition?
Too Poor to Pollute
Bt Cotton Comes to China
The Worms Win
Part II: Made in China
5 Cotton Comes to China
The Chinese Wall
Shanghai Number 36 Cotton Yarn Factory
The Shanghai Brightness Number 3 Garment Factory
6 The Long Race to the Bottom
Inventive Brits versus Thrifty Chinamen
Help Wanted: Docile and Desperate Preferred
7 Sisters in Time
Docility on a Leash
Sure Beats the Farm
Amazon.com and Dell Arrive at the Mill
8 The Unwitting Conspiracy
Writing the Rules of the Race
Activists Raise the Bottom, 1780
Back at Georgetown, Bored Is Good
Bad for Boy Rats
Trade: Friend or Foe of the Planet?
The China Challenge
The Race Moves On
Part III: Trouble at The Border
9 Returning to America.
Chinese T-Shirts Versus American Jobs
A Taste of the (Crazy) Rules in 2008
10 Dogs Snarling Together
Auggie Goes to Washington
Making Deals and Making Exceptions
1985 to 1990: The Seed-to-Shirt Coalition
Gone On Long Enough
The Slow Unraveling
11 Perverse Effects and Unintended Consequences of T-Shirt Trade Policy
No More Doffers
Own Worst Enemy
Friends with Benefits
Wal-Mart Backs Musharraf
Race to the Quotas
Auggie and Aristotle Versus Wal-Mart
Whither the Dinosaurs?
12 45 Years of ''Temporary'' Protectionism End in 2009
The Big Bang
The Big Wink and Nod
A Sigh of Relief
Friends and Enemies, 2008
Try This New Underwear
Part IV: My T-Shirt Finally Encounters A Free Market
13 Where T-Shirts Go after the Salvation Army Bin
Meet Me in the Parking Lot
Panning for Gold in New Jersey
T-Shirts in the Afterlife
14 How Small Entrepreneurs Clothe East Africa with Old American T-Shirts
Two for a Penny
Panning for Gold in Tanzania
Too Big for Used Britches
15 Mitumba: Friend or Foe to Africa?
Shadowy Middlemen and Economic Democracy
Don't Look Now, but China Is Behind You
Epilogue: Developments 2009
I: American Cotton Is Still King
Cotton Subsidies Redux
What About Africa?
West Texas Wind
II: The Race to the Bottom Speeds Up
Fast Fashion and Factory Fires
Activists, Workers, and Governments Respond
The Cops Are Just Not There
III: The Alphabet Armies March On
From Quotas to Trade Agreements
Unintended Consequences All Over Again
IV: Competition Heats Up in the Used Clothing Business
Used Clothing Entrepreneurs Discover Politics.
Mitumba in East Africa
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