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

  • 14h 3m 57s
  • Pietra Rivoli
  • Gildan Media
  • 2019

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a critically acclaimed narrative that illuminates the globalization debates and reveals the key factors to success in global business. Tracing a T-shirt's life story from a Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory and back to a US storefront before arriving at the used clothing market in Africa, the book uncovers the political and economic forces at work in the global economy. Along the way, this fascinating exploration addresses a wealth of compelling questions about politics, trade, economics, ethics, and the impact of history on today's business landscape.

Using a simple, everyday T-shirt as a lens through which to explore the business, economic, moral, and political complexities of globalization in a historical context, Travels encapsulates a number of complex issues into a single identifiable object that will strike a chord with listeners as they: investigate the sources of sustained competitive advantage in different industries; examine the global economic and political forces that explain trade patters between countries; analyze complex moral issues related to globalization and international business; and discover the importance of cultural and human elements in international trade.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - How America Has Dominated the Global Cotton Industry for 200 Years
  • Chapter 2 - The History of American Cotton—Winning by Ducking the Labor Markets
  • Chapter 3 - Back at the Reinsch Farm
  • Chapter 4 - All God's Dangers Ain't the Subsidies Alone on the Farm But Together in Town
  • Chapter 5 - Cotton Comes to China
  • Chapter 6 - The Long Race to the Bottom
  • Chapter 7 - Sisters in Time from the Farm to the Sweatshop and Beyond
  • Chapter 8 - The Unwitting Conspiracy
  • Chapter 9 - Returning to America
  • Chapter 10 - Dogs Snarling Together—How Politics Came to Rule the Global Apparel Trade
  • Chapter 11 - Perverse Effects and Unintended Consequences of T-Shirt Trade Policy
  • Chapter 12 - 45 Years of “Temporary” Protectionism End in 2009—Now What?
  • Chapter 13 - Where T-Shirts Go After the Salvation Army Bin—Japan, Tanzania, and the Rag Factory
  • Chapter 14 - How Small Entrepreneurs Clothe East Africa with Old American T-Shirts
  • Chapter 15 - Mitumba: Friend or Foe to Africa?