Flip-Flop

Flip-Flop : A Journey Through Globalisation's Backroads

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Description

This book follows the global trail of one of the world's most unremarkable and ubiquitous objects - flip-flops. Through this unique lens, Caroline Knowles takes a ground level view of the lives and places of globalisation's back roads, providing new insights that challenge contemporary accounts of globalisation.Rather than orderly product chains, the book shows that globalisation along the flip-flop trail is a tangle of unstable, shifting, ad hoc and contingent connections. This book displays both the instabilities of the 'chains' and the complexities, personal topographies and skills with which people navigate these global uncertainties. Flip-Flop provides new ways of thinking about globalisation from the vantage point of the shifting landscape crossed by a seemingly ordinary and everyday commodity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0745334113
  • 9780745334110
  • 725,799

About Caroline Knowles

Caroline Knowles is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the coauthor of Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes and Journeys (2009).show more

Review quote

'If you are invited to Davos, shiny shoes, high heels or ski boots may be in order. For understanding much of the rest of the world, Caroline Knowles shows, you think better with flip-flops' -- Ulf Hannerz, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University 'A journey through globalisation's backroads ... Innovative, insightful, and by turns disturbing and inspiring' -- Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Scienceshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Prologue 1. Navigating the Territories of the Trail 2. Oil - Maps Beneath the Sand 3. Choreographies of Petrochemistry 4. Plastic City 5. Plastic Village 6. Making Flip-Flops 7. Logistics, Borderlands and Uncertain Landings 8. Markets 9. Urban Navigation in Flip-Flops 10. Rubbish 11. Globalisation Revisited Notes Indexshow more

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