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About Alessandra Mezzadri

Dr. Alessandra Mezzadri is a lecturer in development studies at SOAS, London. Her research interests focus on globalisation and processes of labour informalisation; materialist approaches to global commodity chain and industrial systems; garment sweatshops, labour standards and CSR; gender and feminist theory; and the political economy of India.

Articles by Alessandra Mezzadri

This week’s front page editor

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Modern slavery and the gendered paradoxes of labour unfreedom

Why labour unfreedom is a more useful category than modern slavery to challenge exploitative working relations at home and abroad.

Free to stitch, or starve: capitalism and unfreedom in the global garment industry

Growing attention is focused on ‘modern slavery’ and forced labour in the garment industry, but broader forms of unfreedom ensnare the workers stitching our clothes.

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