Prof. Rofel Announces New Book: Fabricating Transnational Capitalism, on Italian-Chinese Global Fashion

January 25, 2019

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Professor Emerita Lisa Rofel announces the publication of her latest book, Fabricating Transnational Capitalism: A Collaborative Ethnography of Italian-Chinese Global Fashion, through Duke University Press.

Professor Emerita Lisa Rofel has announced the publication of her latest book, Fabricating Transnational Capitalism: A Collaborative Ethnography of Italian-Chinese Global Fashion.

According to the publisher, Duke University Press, this is an innovative collaborative ethnography in which Lisa Rofel and Sylvia J. Yanagisako offer a new methodology for studying transnational capitalism.  The book focuses on how Italian fashion is manufactured, distributed, and marketed by Italian-Chinese ventures and how their relationships have been complicated by China's emergence as a market for luxury goods.

"The authors illuminate the often-overlooked processes that produce transnational capitalism—including privatization, negotiation of labor value, rearrangement of accumulation, reconfiguration of kinship, and outsourcing of inequality," says Duke University Press.

Department of Anthropology Professor Anna Tsing says, “Across the reach of global capitalism, Italian managers and Chinese entrepreneurs cast sticky webs of desire toward each other. And yet, as they negotiate the value of their respective labors, a quite different history of assessment and translation is brought into play for each. Fabricating Transnational Capitalism unpacks what global capital means on the ground. There are surprises: investment is kinship; private is state-run. For the ethnographic study of political economy, the book will become a classic.”

For more information, and to order the paperback at a 30% discount, please visit Duke University Press and enter coupon code E18FABR during checkout.

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