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The global garment industry after Rana Plaza: contested understandings

Ashwin, Sarah, Kabeer, Naila ORCID: 0000-0001-7769-9540 and Schüßler, Elke (2019) The global garment industry after Rana Plaza: contested understandings. Development and Change. ISSN 0012-155X (In Press)

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In this introduction we synthesize the key themes of the symposium and explore the implications of the three contributions for garment supply chains after the Rana Plaza disaster. The contributions examine the perspectives of key stakeholders in garment value chains – global buyers, managers of garment factories in Bangladesh, and workers at these factories – analysing their responses to the new governance initiatives that emerged in the aftermath of Rana Plaza. Placing the contrasting perspectives of these stakeholders alongside each other starkly reveals how their different positions within hierarchically organized global value chains form the particular lens through which they view post-Rana Plaza initiatives. We scrutinize their particular understandings and reveal the very different capacity for voice and influence that they bring to bear in shaping outcomes. We reflect on the contradictory imperatives faced by actors in the garment industry caught between a logic of competition and global labour standards norms, and analyse the prospects for a re-embedding of the market in global value chains via the activation of civil society.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2019 John Wiley & Sons
Divisions: Management
International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2019 16:24
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2020 00:20

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