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Reviewer meets Reviewed: The Sweatshop Regime
Wednesday 21 October 2020, 05:30pm - 07:30pm
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

A VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

The Sweatshop Regime: labouring bodies, exploitation and garments Made in India

Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 5.30 pm 

This event will happen online, please follow this Zoom link

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present their first virtual event of the ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’ series, a discussion between author Dr Alessandra Mezzadri and Leila Zaki Chakravarti, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

This book explores the processes producing and reproducing the garment sweatshop in India. Drawing from Marxian and feminist insights, the book theorises the garment sweatshop in India as a complex 'regime' of exploitation and oppression, jointly crafted by global, regional and local actors, composed of factory and non-factory settings, and working across productive and reproductive realms. The analysis shows the tight correspondence between the physical and social materiality of garment production in India; illustrates the great social differentiation and complex patterns of labour unfreedom at work in the industry; and depicts the sweatshop as a composite 'joint enterprise' against the labouring body, which is inexorably depleted and consumed by garment work, even in the absence of major industrial disasters. By placing labour at the centre of the analysis of processes of development and globalisation, the book critically engages with key debates on industrial modernity, modern slavery, and ethical consumerism.