Dear followthethings.com shopper
We have been doing some Christmas ‘shopping’ (see definitions 11 and 12 of this glorious verb here) and have some recommendations for you: 3 unmissable Christmas movies and a Christmas list.
If you have one of our shopocalypse bags, please take it to town with you this month, and send us photos of its contents. Its ladybirds are Santa’s little helpers. They know everything about world trade.
Ian et al.
Our Christmas movies
a) Xmas unwrapped (2014)
Where’s this from? See here.
b) What would Jesus buy (2007)
c) Santa’s workshop: inside China’s slave labour toy factories (2004)
Our Christmas list
Anon (2007) A Wal-Mart Christmas: Brought to you from a Sweatshop in China. Pittsburgh, PA: National Labour Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rights
Anon (2016) How to have an ethical Christmas. Ethical Consumer 1 December
Anon (2016) Why billions of dollars of goods are stuck at sea. The Economist 21 September
Anon (2016) An Investigation into Four Toy Sweatshops. New York: China Labor Watch
Anon (2016) No Wonderland for workers: labour conditions at Disney’s supplier factories in China. Hong Kong: Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour
Bozkurt, O. (2015) The punctuation of mundane jobs with extreme work: Christmas at the supermarket deli counter. Organization 22(4), 476-492
Chamberlain, G. (2016) The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the west’s Christmas toys. The Guardian 4 December
Chambers, M., Daglish, M., Rendell, S., Stapleton, G., Thompson, G. & Nuss, F. (2012) Santa’s workshop: inside China’s slave labour factories. followthethings.com
Farbotko, C. & Head, L. (2013) Gifts, sustainable consumption and giving up green anxieties at Christmas. Geoforum 50, 88–96
Hancock, P. & Rehn, A. (2011) Organizing Christmas. Organization studies 18(6) 737–745
Howells, R. (2016) Lost at Sea – Will I Get Christmas Presents This Year? Huffington Post 22 September
Kasser, T. & Sheldon, K. (2002) What makes for a merry Christmas? Journal of happiness studies 3, 313-329
Park, J. & Baker, J. (2007) What would Jesus Buy: American Consumption of Religious and Spiritual Material Goods. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion46(4), 501-517
Pinar (2013) Chinese Factory Workers Reveal the REAL Toy Story. mymodernmet.com 17 January
Robson, S. & Ward, A. (2012) The REAL Toy Story: Chinese factory workers forced to sleep among piles of doll parts as they churn out Christmas presents. Daily Mail 8 December
Sherwood, D. (2010) How your Christmas dinner has travelled 260,000 miles. Daily Mail 15 December
Urbina, I. (2007) Anarchists in the aisles? Stores provide a stage. New York Times 24 December
Wainright, O. (2014) Santa’s real workshop: the town in China that makes the world’s Christmas decorations. The Guardian 19 December
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Holly leaf: http://cliparts.co/clipart/2307570
Last updated 1 December 2017