Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry After NAFTA

Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry After NAFTA

By: Jennifer Blair (editor), Gary Gereffi (editor), Jennifer Bair (editor), David Spener (editor)Hardback

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This volume addresses many of the complex issues raised by North American integration through the lens of one of the largest and most global industries in the region: textiles and apparel. In part, this is a story of winners and losers in the globalization process, especially if one focuses on jobs lost and jobs gained in different countries and communities within North America, defined here as: Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. However, it would be a mistake to view the industry solely in these zerosum terms. The North American apparel industry is an excellent illustration of larger trends in the global economy, in which regional divisions of labor appear to be one of the most stable and effective responses to globalization. The contributors to this volume are an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who have all done detailed fieldwork at the firm and factory levels in one or more countries of North America.Taken together the essays offer theoretical and methodological innovations built around the intersection of the global commodity chains and industrial districts literatures, as well as innovative approaches to studying the impact of cross-national, interfirm networks in terms of production and trade issues, and local development outcomes for workers and communities. Author note: Gary Gereffi is Director of the Markets and Management Studies Program at Duke University. He is the co-editor of "Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism" (with Miguel Korzeniewicz) and "Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia" (with Donald L. Wyman). David Spener is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the co-editor (with Kathleen Staudt) of "The U.S.-Mexico Border: Transcending Divisions, Contesting Identities". Jennifer Bair is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

About Author

GARY GEREFFI is a Director of the Markets and Management Studies Program at Duke University. He is the coeditor of Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (with Miguel Korzeniewicz) and Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (with Donald L. Wyman). DAVID SPENER is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the coeditor (with Kathleen Staudt) of The U.S.-Mexico Border: Transcending Divisions, Contesting Identities. JENNIFER BAIR is a Lecturer of Sociology at Yale University.

Contents

List of Tables and Figures Part I: Analytical Overview 1. Introduction: The Apparel Industry and North American Economic Integration David Spener, Gary Gereffi, and Jennifer Bair 2 . NAFTA and the Apparel Commodity Chain: Corporate Strategies, Interfirm Networks, and Industrial Upgrading Jennifer Bair and Gary Gereffi Part II: The Changing Face of the Apparel Industry in the United States 3. Subcontracting Networks in the New York Garment Industry: Changing Characteristics in a Global Era Florence Palpacuer 4. The Impact of North American Economic Integration on the Los Angeles Garment Industry Judi A. Kessler 5. The New Sweatshops in the United States: How New, How Real, How Many, and Why? Robert J. S. Ross 6. Labor's Response to Global Production Edna Bonacich Part III: The U.S.-Mexico Border Region 7. The Unraveling Seam: NAFTA and the Decline of the Apparel Industry in El Paso, Texas David Spener 8. Tex Mex: Linkages in a Binational Garment District? The Garment Industries in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez Robert van Dooren 9. Commodity Chains and Industrial Organization in the Apparel Industry in Monterrey and Ciudad Juarez Jorge Carrillo, Alfredo Hualde, and Araceli Almaraz Part IV: Interior Mexico 10. Torreon: The New Blue Jeans Capital of the World Gary Gereffi, Martha Martinez, and Jennifer Bair 11. Learning and the Limits of Foreign Partners as Teachers Enrique Dussel Peters, Clemente Ruiz Duran, and Michael J. Piore 12. Knitting the Networks Between Mexican Producers and the U.S. Market Ulrik Vangstrup 13. Fragmented Markets, Elaborate Chains: The Retail Distribution of Imported Clothing in Mexico Jorge Mendoza, Fernando Pozos Ponce, and David Spener Part V: Central American and the Caribbean 14. When Does Apparel Become a Peril? On the Nature of Industrialization in the Caribbean Basin Michael Mortimore 15. Can the Dominican Republic's Export-Processing Zones Survive NAFTA? Dale T. Mathews Part VI: Conclusion 16. NAFTA and Uneven Development in the North American Apparel Industry Jennifer Bair, David Spener, and Gary Gereffi About the Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781566399678
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781566399678
  • ISBN10: 156639967X

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