Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2020

Publication Title

Labor Studies Journal

Volume

45

Issue

4

Publisher Name

Sage

Abstract

I explore the ideology of worker empowerment among U.S. anti-sweatshop activists, particularly United Students Against Sweatshops, and its strategic consequences for transnational campaigns. This ideology is central in shaping the movement’s transnational strategy and organization, fostering communication and accountability, particularly to organizations representing sweatshop workers. Such organizational choices, in turn, shape how transnational networks strategize. For example, the anti-sweatshop movement rarely uses the familiar tactic of boycotts, due to opposition from workers. The more empowered sweatshop workers in such networks, the more informed decisions their allies can make, and the more strategically effective the movement can be.

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Author Posting © Sage, 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Sage for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Labor Studies Journal, Volume 45, Issue 5, December 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0160449X20937466

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