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The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-45642-2
336 pages
April 2009
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The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy has been lauded by the New York Times, Financial Times, and reviewers worldwide. Translated into fourteen languages, Travels has received numerous awards for its frank and nuanced discussion of global economic realities.  Now updated and revised--including a discussion of environmental issues--this fascinating book illustrates crucial lessons in economics, politics, and globalization.

The major themes and conclusions from the first edition are intact, but in  response to questions from readers and students around the world, the second edition now includes:

  • Updates on the people, businesses, and politics involved in the production of the T-shirt.
  • Discussions of environmental issues related to both international trade and the T-shirt's life story.
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Preface to the Second Edition.

Prologue.

PART I: KING COTTON. 

Chapter 1: How America Has Dominated the Global Cotton Industry for 200 Years.

Chapter 2: The History of American Cotton.

Chapter 3: Back at the Reinsch Farm.

Chapter 4: All God's Dangers Ain't the Subsidies.

PART II: MADE IN CHINA.

Chapter 5: Cotton Comes to China.

Chapter 6: The Long Race to the Bottom.

Chapter 7: Sisters in Time.

Chapter 8: The Unwitting Conspiracy.

PART III: TROUBLE AT THE BORDER.

Chapter 9: Returning to America.

Chapter 10: Dogs Snarling Together.

Chapter 11: Perverse Effects and Unintended Consequences of T-Shirt Trade Policy.

Chapter 12: 45 Clears of “Temporary” Protectionism Ends in 2009—Now What?

PART IV: MY T-SHIRT FINALLY ENCOUNTERS A FREE MARKET.

Chapter 13: Where T-shirts Go after the Salvation Army Bin.

Chapter 14: How Small Entrepreneurs Clothe east Africa with Old American T-Shirts.

Chapter 15: Mitumba: Friend or Foe to Africa?

Conclusion.

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Pietra Rivoli, PhD, is Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where she specializes in international business, finance, and social issues in business. Travels of a T-Shirt has won numerous awards and has been translated into fourteen languages.

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In  response to questions from readers and students around the world, the second edition now includes:
  • Updates on the people, businesses, and politics involved in the production of the T-shirt
  • Discussions of a number of environmental issues related to both international trade and the T-shirt's life story
  • Discussions of the maturing of the anti-globalization movement, and the recent shift in public opinion against internationalism
  • New material on the evolution of university-based sweatshop activism, and its effects on corporate practices.

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Praise for THE TRAVELS OF A T-SHIRT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

"Engrossing . . . (Rivoli) goes wherever the T-shirt goes, and there are surprises around every corner . . . full of memorable characters and vivid scenes."
Time

"An engaging and illuminating saga. . . . Rivoli follows her T-shirt along its route, but that is like saying that Melville follows his whale. . . . Her nuanced and fair-minded approach is all the more powerful for eschewing the pretense of ideological absolutism, and her telescopic look through a single industry has all the makings of an economics classic."
The New York Times

"Rarely is a business book so well written that one would gladly stay up all night to finish it. Pietra Rivoli's The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is just such a page-turner."
CIO magazine

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