Fashion As Global Issues

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Ekaterina Vorobeva
Robert Magoola
POLS 2401
Fashion as Global Issues
Fashion is a social phenomenon. The main purpose of fashionable things is to satisfy aesthetic needs and to show the social status of their owner. Fashion is created among elite social groups to emphasize their difference from ordinary people. In order to imitate the elite, the middle and lower layers of population are gradually adopting fashionable "novelties". When fashion "seeps out" downwards, it loses its novelty, becomes mass and "vulgar". In consideration of not losing social distance, the elite again invents something new and original. This cycle of prestigious consumption is repeated again and again.
Manufacturers of fashion products are divided into two
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Most of them just want to most profit out of the product and does whatever he or she can just so they can make more money. Even if it is making their employees miserable and they will pay them the absolute minimum and make them work for extremely long periods of time and sometimes have their managers threaten them that if they do not work for extremely crazy period of times they will lose their job. And in most countries it is hard to find a job so they will keep that job even though they are miserable cause they have to put some in the …show more content…
The local owners of the factories are in a very competitive environment with each other. They depend on one-off orders with very tight deadlines under the pressure of multinationals. It is this uncertainty about the volume of the order that provides them with an excuse to maintain precarious employment conditions. A simple challenge to overtime imposed can easily be punished by dismissal of plaintiffs. For the same reason, it is very difficult or impossible to create a free union.
There are many violations of health and safety conditions. The workers are sometimes exposed to dangerous exhalations, especially when the sanding technique of jeans is used, a technique which consists of throwing sand at very high pressure to obtain a worn appearance and which is especially very dangerous for the health of the workers. Following pressure from NGOs revealing the widespread use of this technique, brands like H&M or Levi Strauss were the first to ban it in September

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