Category Labour

Remembering Rana Plaza

by Rebecca Prentice It’s been three years since the most deadly disaster in garment manufacturing history: the April 24, 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Dhaka. To mark the anniversary I am reposting a 2014 blog post that I wrote for OpenDemocracy.net. Last April, we looked on with horror at images of Rana […]

The Economist’s Pride

by Enia Dellepiane Hong Kong, London, New York – The objective of The Economist’s March 3rd event, ‘Pride and Prejudice: The business case for LGBT diversity and inclusion,’ was clear and self-explanatory.  Representatives of major global businesses and development institutions gathered to raise awareness, analyse, and (ideally) commit to LGBT inclusiveness. Over a 24-hour period, […]

Fashion Revolution Week is Here (Again)

by Rebecca Prentice April 18-24 – One of the fashion industry’s responses to the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Bangladesh – which resulted in 1,134 deaths and more than 2,000 serious injuries – has been the creation of an international ‘Fashion Revolution Week’ – an opportunity each April for fashionistas to engage with issues […]

Profiting from Precarity

by Paul Gilbert **Originally posted at Sociology Lens** In Italy during the 1970s, labour movements responding to and resisting the rigidity of assembly-line employment celebrated precarious patterns of work; precarity was something beautiful (precario bello). This, Stevphen Shukaitis observes, ‘is an eminently sensible thing to say when you think about what the kind of “security” and […]

Pin Money vs. Needle Money

by Rebecca Prentice The first time I heard about ‘pin money’ was years ago, in an interview Bonnie Raitt gave about the origins of her music career. She must have said something similar to what she told Nottingham Post in 2013: ‘I was looking to play little clubs just to make some pin money while […]

A Defence of Fair Trade

by Gemma Harvey Fair trade aspires to even the terms of trade by paying producers (of tea, coffee, etc.) more than the market rate, an arrangement that is communicated to consumers by way of a certification label. As an economic anthropologist, fair trade incites me into self-reflexive, analytical chaos. On the one hand, I am […]

Neoliberal Agency in Orange is the New Black

by Sandy Bonnington *SPOILERS* When the new series of Orange is the New Black graced Netflix screens all over the world in June 2015, we all became hooked on the latest adventures of the Litchfield ladies in the wake of last series’ dramatic finale. New characters, major changes, and distressing scenes saw Piper and the […]