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Fashion problem: Human Rights

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Literature Review: Human Rights problem for Fashion

This “Ten Problems for Fashion in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. sustainability,
  2. retail,
  3. quality,
  4. materials,
  5. pollution,
  6. recycling,
  7. human rights,
  8. responsibility,
  9. social media,
  10. funding.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


7 Human Rights

THE PROBLEM — Fast-fashion is a high-risk industry for almost all human rights, especially in the developing parts of the world. Those working to abolish sweatshops have something to learn from those working to abolish prisons. From a consumer perspective, gendered entrepreneurialism is being practiced within the context of online environments to inspire trust in non-white, non-standard bodies, sizes and cultures.

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CONCLUSIONS — Despite the enactment of international regulations, the abuses of workers’ rights in the developing world remain rampant. Low- and middle-income countries have made substantial economic progress in the past two decades, however at a high social and environmental cost. Essential workers and specifically garment workers, a labor force that’s 85 percent women and largely women of color, are the ones doing the knitting. Gendered entrepreneurialism in which aesthetic and emotional labor is performed in order to create a welcoming, safe and useful space. The fashion industry perpetuates white desirability while also displaying Black women as undesirable and inferior. While fashion industry has added to women empowerment in ways more than one, similarly cannot be stated for the cosmetics industry. Diversity in the fashion industry, it seems, is on the rise, with recent efforts poised to address the exclusion of people with disabilities. As the dominant fashion style of today, glamor combines magical and transgressive principles. In the context of globalization, fashion performs specific functions of production and maintenance of the symbolic order related to the requirements of modern mass production and its network structure. The way in which various designers use the fashion runway as a forum for protest would suggest late capitalism’s seemingly boundless ability to absorb critique within the commodity form.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …


Fashion Problems
“Ten Problems for Fashion in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2021; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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