“For seven years, sociologist Caroline Knowles has been following a pair of flip-flops around the world. From its birth in Kuwait oil, the flip-flops led her via the petrochemical factories in South Korea to the flip-flop workers in the plastic city of Fuzhou in China. By studying flip-flops, the researcher from Goldsmiths in London argues, we can learn about the interconnectedness in our world: Even a simple plastic shoe that only consists of two parts, leaves a global trail.”

Check out Knowles’ recently published book Flip-Flop: A Journey Through Globalisation’s Backroads.