Date of Award

Spring 5-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies

First Advisor

Nancy Rios-Contreras

Second Advisor

Ann Gordon

Third Advisor

Victoria Carty


Fast fashion is one of the most popular industries in the world as it provides consumers with clothing at an affordable price, however, despite its heightened popularity, it is one of the leading industries in human rights violations and environmental degradation. The thesis explores the different implications of fast fashion in a form that focuses on the human right violations workers are enduring and the global effect of such high demand for fast fashion. It uses a mixed methodology composed of both qualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative data is used to analyze the historical impact fast fashion has on human rights in outsourced nations, Bangladesh, and the global environment. While quantitative data is used to measure poverty, the number of ready-made garment workers that have endured human rights violations, media coverage, and to determine the overall dimension of the issue. This research also examines the role of fashion retail companies in human rights violations and environmental degradation. It dissects the involvement of fast fashion in human right violations and environmental impact and examines the symmetrical relationship.

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