Elizabeth L. Krause is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She specialises in migration, political economy, and reproductive politics. Her interest in modes of representation, from ethnographic writing to digital storytelling, has led her to push the boundaries of genre in her research and teaching. She has published numerous peer-reviewed and popular articles as well as three books: A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy (2005), Unraveled: A Weaver’s Tale of Life Gone Modern (2005), and Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion (2018).
Drawing on ethnographic research in Prato, Italy, a city known for its concentration of Chinese migrants working in the fast-fashion sector, this essay charts the contours of what encounters between ‘Made in Italy’ and ‘Made in China’ have produced. Grappling with the observation that place-based labels exist paradoxically in an intensely globalised world, it focuses on place-based histories to argue for a dynamic consciousness of place.