Reworking Canadian Understanding of Transnational Labour Exploitation
Within this thesis, I seek to dismantle the dominant narrative pertaining to transnational labour exploitation of garment workers by using the relationship between Canada and Bangladesh as sites of analysis. Overall, the goals of this project are to challenge dominant Canadian understandings of the exploitation of Bangladeshi women workers, and to disrupt the saviour narrative that has launched various ineffective global solidarity projects. I achieve these goals by highlighting the ways in which capitalism, white feminism, and global development programs impact garment workers in Canada and Bangladesh. My project is unique because within it, I bring together the insights of scholars who theorize separately about the Global North and Global South, while also conceptualizing the issue of labour exploitation as a transnational issue, caused by the collective global forces of capitalism, international development, and white feminism. I compare similarities in the struggles faced by garment workers in both Bangladesh and Canada, while also noting how they exhibit agency and challenge exploitation. The research methods that I employ in this project include institutional ethnography, archival research, and personal interviews. I conclude this project by offering more effective approaches to attaining solidarity with garment workers transnationally.
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