Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Rivoli, Pietra. The travels of a t-shirt in the global economy: an economist examines the markets, power and. Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. PRAISE FOR THE TRAVELS OF A T- SHIRT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. "Engrossing [Rivoli] goes wherever the. The keys to global business success, as taught by a T-shirtsjourney The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is acritically-acclaimed narrative that.
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Pietra Rivoli did something even better — she started a step-by-step journey to discover the origin of the t-shirt she was wearing at the moment.
What she ended up with was a book about globalization. And, contrary to her initial belief, a book-length study about how avoiding market forces created the textile industry.
In addition to contributing to the suffering of millions of innocent people. With few necessary historical digressions.
She checked the label and phoned the Sherry Manufacturing Company. You can guess by the name that he was from China.
More precisely, in Lubbock , the largest cotton-growing region of the world. But how did that happen? Well, you can guess most of the historical digression.
Unsurprisingly, it has a lot to do with human exploitation. Freeing the Market Means Freeing the People. In , Pietra Rivoli attended an anti-globalization gathering. She heard one of the young women present in the crowd shout: The most alarming thing she discovered is that, in the case of the textile industry, free market has never been part of the equation. The sad thing is — that they all actually work.
After all, rape and genocide are, strictly evolutionary speaking , very attractive ideas. The same is true for slavery. Of course, they are not. And Milton Friedman argued convincingly back in that human freedom comes from economic freedom.
So, free the market — free the people! Like this summary? For those of you who want to learn something new daily, 12min App takes you on a personal development journey with the key takeaways from the greatest bestsellers.
PT ES. Learn more and more, in the speed that the world demands. Take this summary with you and read anywhere! Rivoli spins a fascinating yarn about the spinning of yarn, from the growth of the cotton in Texas to the manufacture of the t-shirt in China with possible detours to one or more smaller Asian countries in order to get around U. My favorite part was the description of the amazingly efficient global trade in the cast-off clothing of consumptive Americans.
The book deftly describes some of the ridiculous contortions trade policy undergoes in response to political pressures. She recognizes the good that activism has done in pressing improvements on the working conditions of the poor, while cautioning the activists against wholesale uncritical condemnation of free markets.
The story, or stories -- you have to go back through the whole history of industrialization to make sense of How We Got Here -- she tells give conceptual pegs on which to hang a basic grasp of the issues at stake in the fraught conflicts about economic globalization.
I feel better equipped to understand the news about the WTO or bilateral trade negotiations -- maybe not in depth, but less bewildered by the polar absolutist pronouncements of free-marketers and hard core protectionists.
I wish she had gone into more depth about the place of international shipping in all this activity.
It does get a brief treatment near the end of the story, but I'm still unsure about what to think about the costs, both financial and environmental, of shipping cheap cotton goods two and a half times around the world to maximize profit and opportunity.