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Alt-profit corporations and gendered global division of labor

The School for Cultural and Social Transformation presents “Alt-Profit Corporations and Gendered Global Division of Labor: A Transnational Feminist Analysis” on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Gardner Commons, Room 4150.

Debjani Chakravarty, an associate professor (lecturer) in the Division of Gender Studies, will present a transnational feminist analysis of compassionate consumption ideologies pushed by alt-profit corporations, a term she coined. This late capitalist strategy empowers alt-profit organizations to “McDonaldize” their marketing strategies in order to capitalize on consumer interests for sustainability, fair trade, “women’s empowerment” and a desire to consume artisanal goods. This formulaic pattern of communication used by alt-profits is both distinct to them, yet common in publicizing any compassionate consumption, and ultimately negates the reality of current global markets necessitating exploitative capitalist structures such as opaque and unsustainable supply chains.

All audience members will have the opportunity to enter a giveaway for handstitched scarves.