Tight Knit – Elizabeth L. Krause

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Tight Knit – Elizabeth L. Krause

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Tight Knit – Elizabeth L. Krause  – Global families and the social life of Fast Fashion

The coveted “Made in Italy” label calls to mind visions of nimble-fingered Italian tailors lovingly sewing elegant, high-end clothing. The phrase evokes a sense of authenticity, heritage, and rustic charm. Yet, as Elizabeth L. Krause uncovers in Tight Knit, Chinese migrants are the ones sewing “Made in Italy” labels into low-cost items for a thriving fast-fashion industry—all the while adding new patterns to the social fabric of Italy’s iconic industry.

Krause offers a revelatory look into how families involved in the fashion industry are coping with globalization based on longterm research in Prato, the historic hub of textile production in the heart of metropolitan Tuscany. She brings to the fore the tensions—over value, money, beauty, family, care, and belonging—that are reaching a boiling point as the country struggles to deal with the same migration pressures that are triggering backlash all over Europe and North America. Tight Knit tells a fascinating story about the heterogeneity of contemporary capitalism that will interest social scientists, immigration experts, and anyone curious about how globalization is changing the most basic of human conditions—making a living and making a life.

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For the past fifteen years, Elizabeth L. Krause has worked as an ethnographer, writer, and educator. Her research interests include reproductive politics, social memory, economic anthropology, immigration, ethnographic writing, and methods of local-global encounters. She is professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of the blurred genre _Unraveled: A Weaver’s Tale of Life Gone Modern_ (University of California Press, 2009) as well as the ethnography _A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy_ (Thomson-Wadsworth 2005). Her paper, “They Just Happened”: The Curious Case of the Unplanned Baby, Italian Low Fertility, and the “End” of Rationality, published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, won the Polgar Prize for best article from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2013). She is currently working on two collaborative research projects: one focuses on Chinese immigrants working in Italy’s fast-fashion sector to examine questions of value, well-being, and global families; the other makes use of a participant-based method of digital storytelling with young parenting Latinas in Massachusetts.

In 2013-14, she was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she worked on the book manuscript, “Tight Knit: A Biography of Globalization.” Her research has received support from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Council for European Studies, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

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