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Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion

Elizabeth L. Krause


The coveted “Made in Italy” label calls to mind visions of nimble-fingered Italian tailors lovingly sewing elegant, high-end clothing. The phrase evokes a sense of authenticity, heritage, and rustic charm. Tight Knit exposes how Chinese migrants sew "Made in Italy" labels into items for a thriving fast-fashion industry—all the while adding new patterns to the social fabric of Italy’s iconic fashion industry. The work reveals motivating ambitions and crushing defeats of an intensely globalized age. It provides texture to the ways individuals, families, and institutions become entangled in the h ... More

Keywords: globalization, immigration, economic anthropology, fast fashion, Italy, Chinese migrants, families, health and well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226557915
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226558103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth L. Krause, author
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Front Matter

Part One Chinese Immigration and the Made in Italy Brand

Part Two Global Circuits of Care

Part Three The New Politics of Urban Racism

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With Massimo Bressan