The Song of the Shirt: Cheap Clothes across Continents and Centuries by Jeremy SeabrookLabour in bangladesh flows like its rivers in excess of what is required. Often, both take a huge toll. Labour that costs $1.66 an hour in china and 52 cents in india can be had for a song in bangladesh 18 cents. It is mostly women and children working in fragile, flammable buildings who bring in 70 per cent of the country?s foreign exchange. Bangladesh today does not clothe the nakedness of the world, but provides it with limitless cheap garments through primark, walmart, benetton, gap. In elegiac prose, jeremy seabrook dwells upon the disproportionate sacrifices demanded by the manufacture of such throwaway items as baseball caps. He shows us how bengal and lancashire offer mirror images of impoverishment and affluence. In the eighteenth century, the people of bengal were dispossessed of ancient skills and the workers of lancashire forced into labour settlements. In a ghostly replay of traffic in the other direction, the decline of the british textile industry coincided with bangladesh becoming one of the world?s major clothing exporters. With capital becoming more protean than ever, it wouldn?t be long before the global imperium readies to shift its sites of exploitation in its nomadic cultivation of profit.
The Song of the Shirt by Thomas Hood
The Song of the Shirt
Thomas Hood's "The Song of the Shirt" is a protest poem centering on the inhumane working conditions and meager pay of London's lower-class workers. Punch magazine published it in its Christmas issue. Since then, numerous collections and anthologies have published the poem. Hood based his poem on a real incident involving a London widow who sewed men's garments in her home from materials provided by her employer. She worked long hours but received a meager wage of seven shillings a week. On one occasion, she pawned the employer's sewing materials so she could buy food for her starving children.
It was written in honour of a Mrs. Biddell, a widow and seamstress living in wretched conditions. In what was, at that time, common practice, Mrs. In a desperate attempt to feed her starving infants, Mrs. Biddell pawned the clothing she had made, thus accruing a debt she could not pay. Biddell's case, but on the conditions of workers in general. Though Hood was not politically radical , his work, like that of Charles Dickens , contributed to the general awareness of the condition of the working class which fed the popularity of trade unionism and the push for stricter labour laws.
This image is taken from the highly popular magazine Punch which, after launching in , achieved huge success and influence during the 19th century as a satirical magazine. While free from scandal or vulgarity, Punch was highly popular for its political cartoons and commentary on the social issues of the day. Needlework and embroidery stood as iconic symbols of how women workers were often condemned to drudgery in 19th-century jobs. Ruth Richardson explores the world of poverty, high mortality, prejudice and charity that influenced the creation of Oliver Twist. Elizabeth Barrett Browning completed this controversial nine-book novel in blank verse form in
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