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Sociology offers us a powerful set of tools with which to interpret our relationship to a global social and cultural economy. This course extends conventional sociology to foster an understanding of how the conditions of our everyday lives fit in with broader trends of continuity and change in regions across the world. We use the global garment industry as a vehicle for mobilizing our sociological imaginations, and follow the movements of capital, materials, and labor in the garment industry to examine the economic and cultural exchanges that keep our complex world in motion. Along the way, we’ll learn to critically read social scientific texts and construct evidence-based arguments.
Klaus Lanstein, Group of People Walking Over World Map. Courtesy Getty Images.
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- Understand the sociological imagination and how to connect your biography to global histories
- Develop a language to explain important forms of global inequality, including inequality between countries, as well as class, race, and gender inequality
- Understand your own consumption patterns (especially with regard to your clothes) in global perspective
- Debate how globalization creates opportunities for both exploitation and empowerment, especially for women workers
- Smitha Radhakrishnan
- Kalina Yingnan Deng
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