Evelopment and the Geography of T-Shirts
This week we focus on what is in some sense a very grounded issue: the clothes we all wear. We examine how a place like rural Zambia became a destination point for used t-shirts from the developed world, and the larger development geographies these changes represent. So this is a story of a young man who sells used t-shirts, but its also a story about larger issues around development in different parts of the world, and changing relationships among core and periphery. Little do most of you know just how far your used t-shirts travel!
Sources: Readings and Multimedia
We will watch the film T-Shirt Travels in class. In addition:
read The Dumping Ground (????????)
read What Happens to All Those Superbowl T-Shirts? (????????)
explore the T-Shirt Travels (????????) website
see also development report on Zambia from the UN (????????) [pdf]
And the APA-formatted references to add to your works cited section:
Bloemen, S., Independent Television Service, Grassroots Pictures, I., & Filmakers Library, inc. (2001). T-shirt travels: the story of secondhand clothes & third world debt. New York: Filmmakers Library.
Jeter, J. (2002, April 22). The dumping ground. The Washington Post. Retrieved from 08/10/AR2006081000763.html (????????)
Karlan, D. (2011, February 15). What happens to all those super bowl t-shirts?: a guest post by Dean Karlan. Freakonomics. Retrieved from (????????)
Track a t-shirt. (n.d.). T-shirt travels. Retrieved February 25, 2014, from track.html (????????)
In a clear, well-written, essay of up to 500 words, please answer the following question:
How have global economic changes and neoliberal development policies impacted local development in Zambia, the clothing that people there now wear, and where that clothing is produced?
As always, read the rubric, and make sure you present a clear thesis statement at the beginning: a concise, one sentence answer to the prompt.
Present evidence from the film and your other sources to support your argument. Make sure to pay attention to details; details like:
the relationships among changing oil and copper prices, debt, and structural adjustment
exactly what caused the 85 textile factories Zambia at one point had to shutdown
how these changes impacted people like Luka, and have been reflected in changing development measures
Cite your sources, using APA style.
Do not use WikiPedia or other secondary sources.