Activity #4: Ecology, Colonialism, and the World Economy

Activity #4: Ecology, Colonialism, and the World Economy

Dr. DeCamp ANTH 1200 (Online) Activity #4: Ecology, Colonialism, and the World Economy Instructions: Follow the directions below for the Personal Reflection Exercise (p.2). Use the images on p.1 to identify whether a country is classified as core, semi-periphery, or periphery. You will only turn in responses to parts 3-4 of the exercise. Visit the link below to view the main export for every country [Note: the periphery and semi-periphery countries tend to export cheaper goods and natural resources – often due to the legacy of colonialism as we discussed with Zambia]  http://www.businessinsider.com/every-countrys-highest-valued-export-2014-5Personal Reflection Exercise [Scroll down to see my results on part 3, for a partial example. You will also need to complete and turn in part 4.]: (1) Select 20+ articles of clothing (pants, shoes, shirts…). (2) Record country of production for each item (Mexico, China, USA, etc.) [Don’t turn in.] (3) Write a list of all of the countries and tally number of clothing items from each country (4) Discuss in a paragraph: Do most of your clothes come from core, semi-periphery, or periphery nations? Why do you think this is? Why would multinational corporations prefer to produce clothes in these nations? What effect does this have on a country’s economy & environment? ***Personal Reflection Exercise (My results): 56 articles of clothing were selected Results in order of highest to lowest frequency: China = 17 (30%) Vietnam = 16 (29%) Mexico = 7 (12%) Bangladesh = 6 (11%) [Recall in-class video] USA = 5 (9%) India = 5 (9%) ***Note: I counted an additional 18 clothing items (not included in the total of 56) from 11 other countries, mostly located in Central America and Southeast Asia