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Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes

Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes (Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition)

By Brooks, Andrew

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The new and updated edition of Brooks' gripping expose on the hidden networks of the fast-fashion industry.

ISBN 9781786997371
Barcode 9781786997371
Published 15 October 2019 by Zed Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition
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ISBN-13 9781786997371
ISBN-10 1786997371
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Zed Books Ltd
Imprint Zed Books Ltd
Publication Date 15 October 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition
Edition Revised and Expanded Edition
Author(s) By Brooks, Andrew
Category Globalization
Development Studies
Costume, Clothes & Fashion
Ethical Issues & Debates
International Trade
Fashion & Beauty Industries
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Clothing trade - Economic aspects - Developing countries, Used clothing industry - Economic aspects - Developing countries, Recycled products
NBS Text Cultural Studies
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 338.47687
Catalogue Code 980208

Description of this Book

Have you ever stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Ever wondered where they end up after you donate them for recycling? Following a pair of jeans, Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the-world tour to reveal how clothes are manufactured and retailed, bringing to light how fast fashion and recycling are interconnected. Andrew Brooks shows how recycled clothes are traded across continents, uncovers how retailers and international charities are embroiled in commodity chains which perpetuate poverty, and exposes the hidden trade networks which transect the globe. In this new and updated edition, Brooks retraces his steps to look at the fashion industry today, and considers how, if at all, the industry has changed in response to mounting consumer pressure for more ethical clothing. Stitching together rich narratives, from Mozambican markets, Nigerian smugglers and Chinese factories to London's vintage clothing scene, TOMS shoes and Vivienne Westwood's ethical fashion lines, Brooks uncovers the many hidden sides of fashion.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review `Revealing.' Independent `An interesting and important account.' Daily Telegraph 'Brooks packs a great deal of such detail into a fast-paced and readable book.' Morning Star 'Thought-provoking and insightful. A fascinating, must-read text for those interested in the ethics surrounding sustainability in fashion and design.' Alison Gwilt, author of Fashion Design for Living and A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion 'A book that sparks with intelligence, mapping a world that connects inequalities, Vivienne Westwood, post-consumption and second-hand garments.' Kate Fletcher, London College of Fashion 'By bringing global systems of clothing provision into clearer view, the book offers valuable resources for vigorous debate over what an alternative world might look like.' Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley 'A lively exploration of the hidden world of fast fashion and second-hand clothing that invites us to think of where our clothes come from.' Karen Tranberg Hansen, Northwestern University 'This engaging and well-written book focuses on some of the least explored outcomes of the fast-fashion system we all live in - that is, what we increasingly and quickly cast off.' Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS, University of London
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Andrew Brooks is a lecturer in development geography at King's College London. He is also the author of The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity (Zed 2017).

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