″Geography of your Closet″


GEOGRAPHY OF YOUR CLOSET ASSIGNMENT One way to get a more practical and personalized sense of the geography of our increasingly globalized world is to consider our own basic household items. For this assignment, you must do the following: Choose twenty different items of clothing from your closet/wardrobe and take note of where each one was made. This information is usually found on the label or tag (e.g., “Made in China”). Create a visual representation of the data you gathered from the survey of your closet that shows in which country and/or region each item of clothing was made. It is up to you to decide how you want to represent the data; a simple table or graph is enough, although you may want to create a customized map that shows where each item came from. However you chose to represent the data, please make sure that the findings from your clothing survey are presented as clearly as possible. Write a 2-3 page essay (double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font) discussing the findings of this survey of your clothes. You should reflect upon which countries/regions are most represented in your wardrobe, and which appear to be under-represented or absent. Your essay must also engage with the following discussion questions: The clothing manufacturing industry is generally viewed as a “peripheral” process (i.e., based predominantly in the “developing world” rather than the “developed world”). Does the geography of your closet reflect this view? Why or why not? What types of economic, political, or social issues does this exercise bring to mind (e.g., outsourcing, child labor laws, safe working conditions, environmental issues)? In other words, what might be some of the economic, political, and/or social implications of a clothing manufacturing industry that is highly globalized? Feel free to refer to any concepts or terms discussed in the course textbook. This assignment is worth a total of 30 points, and must be submitted to Blackboard by midnight on Friday, April 13. The file you submit must include your essay, as well as the visual representation that you created to displays the findings of your clothing survey.

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