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Democratizing InequalitiesDilemmas of the New Public Participation$
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Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward T. Walker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479847273

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479847273.001.0001

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Workers’ Rights as Human Rights?

Workers’ Rights as Human Rights?

Solidarity Campaigns and the Anti-Sweatshop Movement

(p.46) Chapter 3 Workers’ Rights as Human Rights?
Democratizing Inequalities

Steven Vallas

J. Matthew Judge

Emily R. Cummins

NYU Press

This chapter examines the public debate surrounding sweatshops within a “human rights” frame. Using existing ethnographies and archival data from ten anti-sweatshop campaigns that center on Central America's apparel industry, the chapter analyzes the consequences that have flowed from the convergence of human rights and workers' movements. It first outlines the main distinctions between human rights and workers' rights movements before considering the tensions that have emerged among the forms of leadership, strategies, and goals embraced by human rights and labor movement activists, and how such tensions have been addressed by solidarity movements. It then explores the consequences that arise when human rights orientations are infused into anti-sweatshop movements. It suggests that solidarity campaigns foster worker empowerment on the shop floor.

Keywords:   sweatshops, human rights, Central America, apparel industry, human rights movements, workers' movements, solidarity movements, anti-sweatshop movements, solidarity campaigns

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