Flip-Flop : A Journey Through Globalisation's Backroads
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.
- Hardback | 232 pages
- 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 439.98g
- 20 May 2014
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
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01 May 2008
Table of contents
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
9. Urban Navigation in Flip-Flops
11. Globalisation Revisited
About Caroline Knowles