Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

Reading - Nonfiction | October 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | NYU Stern School of Business, Kaufman Management Center, Room 55, 3rd floor, MC building

  44 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU; Chaumtoli Huq, Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of Law@theMargin; Shikha Silman Bhattacharjee, Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law and the 2019 Subir Chowdhury Fellow on Quality of Life in Bangladesh

 Paula Chakravarty, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication (MCC), and the Gallatin School, at New York University

 David Ludden, Director of the Center for Global Asia in New York and Professor and Chair of the Department of History at New York University

 New York Center for Global Asia, Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley, Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU, CUNY School of Law, NYU | South Asia

The Center for Global Asia at NYU, along with the support of the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, and CUNY School of Law invite you to attend the New York launch of Dr. Sanchita B. Saxena's edited book titled, Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia, a book that argues that larger flaws in the global supply chain must first be addressed to change the way business is conducted to prevent factory owners from taking deadly risks to meet clients’ demands in the garment industry in Bangladesh.

Books will be available for sale.

Abut the Book
Using the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster as a departure point, and to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future, this book presents an interdisciplinary analysis to address the disaster which resulted in a radical change in the functioning of the garment industry. The chapters present innovative ways of thinking about solutions that go beyond third-party monitoring. They open up possibilities for a renewed engagement of international brands and buyers within the garment sector, a focus on direct worker empowerment using technology, the role of community-based movements, developing a model of change through enforceable contracts combined with workers movements, and a more productive and influential role for both factory owners and the government. This book makes key interventions and rethinks the approaches that have been taken until now and proposes suggestions for the way forward. It engages with international brands, the private sector, and civil society to strategize about the future of the industry and for those who depend on it for their livelihood.

A much-needed review and evaluation of the many initiatives that have been set up in Bangladesh in the wake of Rana Plaza, this book is a valuable addition to academics in the fields of development studies, gender and women’s studies, human rights, poverty and practice, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and South Asian studies.

About the Editor
Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies and the Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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