Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780745334110 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745334127 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Flip-Flop

A Journey Through Globalisation's Backroads

Caroline Knowles

Flip-Flop

Caroline Knowles

Distributed for Pluto Press

232 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780745334110 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745334127 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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.

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
Index

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