Spaces of exception: National interest and the labor of sedition

Dina M. Siddiqi

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This chapter builds on earlier work on dominant narratives around the garment industry as they inform transnational policies and practices of solidarity. This chapter argues, hegemonic Euro-American framings of “the problem” privilege some issues while occluding or dismissing others. The emergence of the Accord-Alliance “solution” and corresponding ILO initiatives to form factory-level unions illustrate the limited nature of such interventions. Both leave untouched long-term structural issues that fundamentally shape workers’ experiences on the shop floor and with respect to organizing. This chapter shows how evoking the rhetoric of the garment industry’s survival being a question of national interest allows the state to create a space of exception where routine labor laws do not apply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLabor, Global Supply Chains and the Garment Industry in South Asia
Subtitle of host publicationBangladesh after Rana Plaza
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429771767
ISBN (Print)9781138366800
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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