This book investigates the success story of the fast fashion industry-mainly owned by Chinese migrants-in Prato, Italy. It outlines how Prato has become the center of a value chain stretching from suppliers in China and Turkey all the way to buyers in Europe. Despite this, a policy attacking Chinese entrepreneurship has been devised and implemented in Prato. This volume analyzes said policy against the crisis of Prato's textile industry. Based on the author's 15 years of fieldwork in Prato, the book sheds light on the entangled processes of city making and the restructuring processes linked to capital accumulation by tackling issues of governance, territory, migration, division of labor, labor mobility, housing, and human rights.
Antonella Ceccagno is Professor of Chinese Linguistics and East Asian Sociology at the University of Bologna, Italy. For more than ten years she worked as Managing and Research Director of the Center for Immigration Research and Services in Prato, Italy.
1. Introduction2. Globalization and its Impact on the Italian Fashion Industry3. The Migrant Pathway of Emplacement in Prato 4. The Global Low-End Fashion Center5. The Mobile Regime6. The Foundations of the Mobile Regime: Global Restructuring of Social Reproduction and Ethnicization fo the Workplace7. "My City Brought to its Knees": The Downscaling of Prato and the Criminalization of Chinese Entrepreneurship8. Conclusions