project . 2018 - 2023 . On going

TextileLab

Race to the bottom? Family labour, household livelihood and consumption in the relocation of global cotton manufacturing, ca. 1750-1990
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 771288 Call for proposal: ERC-2017-COG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG Overall Budget: 1,999,250 EURFunder Contribution: 1,999,250 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 Oct 2018
    End Date
    30 Sep 2023
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  • Open Access mandate
    Research Data: No
Description
Globalization and the shift of industries and jobs to low-wage countries are topical political issues, but have deep historical roots. For long, cotton manufacturing has been central in global trade and industrial relocation. Textile production has existed almost everywhere, but its major export centres have relocated in the past 250 years, notably from Asia to Europe/the US, then back to Asia. When and why these shifts occur is however still poorly understood. Reducing labour costs has been argued to be central in this ‘race to the bottom’, but this does not explain why textile production was resilient in some regions and periods, and not in others. This projec...
Description
Globalization and the shift of industries and jobs to low-wage countries are topical political issues, but have deep historical roots. For long, cotton manufacturing has been central in global trade and industrial relocation. Textile production has existed almost everywhere, but its major export centres have relocated in the past 250 years, notably from Asia to Europe/the US, then back to Asia. When and why these shifts occur is however still poorly understood. Reducing labour costs has been argued to be central in this ‘race to the bottom’, but this does not explain why textile production was resilient in some regions and periods, and not in others. This projec...
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