Join the FCWSRC and the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst on Wednesday, October 17th, 6-8pm, for an exciting book salon with Betsy Krause on her new book Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion.
The coveted “Made in Italy” label calls to mind visions of nimble-fingered Italian tailors lovingly sewing elegant, high-end clothing. Yet, as Betsy Krause uncovers in Tight Knit, Chinese migrants are the ones sewing “Made in Italy” labels into low-cost items for a thriving fast-fashion industry. Krause offers a revelatory look into how families involved in the fashion industry are coping with globalization. She brings to the fore the tensions that are reaching a boiling point as the country struggles to deal with the same migration pressures that are triggering backlash all over Europe and North America.
DISCUSSANTS: Anna Botta (Smith College), Calvin Chen (Mount Holyoke College), Anne Ciecko (UMass Amherst) and Vanessa Fong (Amherst College)
** Dinner provided - please email email@example.com if you have any special dietary needs **