chapter  6
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GLOBAL JOURNEYS

Sweet Honey and the Rock, a black African American a cappella group have a song in their repertoire called ‘Are My Hands Clean’. In it they describe the production, distribution and sale of a blouse, including the role of cotton pickers, a multinational oil company, fabric manufacturers, pesticide producers, and a big department store where the blouse is bought at a 20 per cent discount. The song ends with the line, ‘Are my hands clean?’ Global journeys of this kind are very much at the heart of this chapter.