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City Making and Global Labor Regimes

Chinese Immigrants and Italy's Fast Fashion Industry


  • Unveils the criminalization of Chinese entrepreneurship in Prato, Italy

  • Tackles issues of labor and outsourcing of social reproduction

  • Offers a new conceptualization on the drastic reconfiguration of production in the Chinese network of suppliers in the fast fashion industry


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Antonella Ceccagno
    Pages 1-37
  3. Antonella Ceccagno
    Pages 83-120
  4. Antonella Ceccagno
    Pages 121-146
  5. Antonella Ceccagno
    Pages 147-181
  6. Antonella Ceccagno
    Pages 257-264
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-301

About this book


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 ensuing 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.


Urban Studies City Making Urban Political Economy Regional Economic Development Global Migration Textile Industry Labor Patterns Global Value Chain Urban Industrial Hubs Migrant Hubs Chinese Migrants Fashion Industry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BolognaBolognaItaly

About the authors

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.

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