In this exercise you will compose an essay and a map based on the clothes that you wear. It is also required to include a table with the data you will collect from your wardrobe, which should be included in the first page of your work. “This exercise is about tracing the “origins” of the clothes and shoes you are wearing right now and about asking “Why?” (Domosh et al. 2013: 345).
TABLE (25%): The first step in composing this exercise is to select ten items of your wardrobe, including but not limited to: shirts/blouses, pants, underwear, socks, coats, skirts, etc (casual clothes preferably). Then you will create a table in which you will include four columns. In the first column you will include the name of the item (garment). In the second column you will include the names of the countries where these items were made (look for the “Made in…” section of the label). In the third column you will include the name of the brand/company that made these items. Finally, in the fourth column you will include the name of the location where these companies have their headquarters. You can find this last piece of information by searching the web using the following key words:
“ (name of the) company headquarters.”
The second step is to compose two summary tables based on the information included in Table # 1. You will summarize your findings by grouping the countries of origin of your garments (Table # 2), and the location of the companies’ headquarters (Table # 3), using the following titles: Table # 2: Origin of Garments, and, Table # 3: Company Headquarters. We will use the following labels to group this information (by continents): North America (which include USA and Canada only), Latin America (which includes all countries south of USA –including the Caribbean as well), Europe, Africa, and Asia (which will also include The Pacific realm).
Your tables with the information of your garments should be included in the first section of your work, followed by the two additional tables. See sample tables provided at the end of this document and in the corresponding PowerPoint presentation file. Please include in the top portion of the first page of your work, before you include your table, a title for this assignment, your full name, and the date as well.
MAP (25%): You will plot this information in the attached blank world map. See map sample included in the corresponding PPT and at the end of this document. Your map should be included below your table (and before your essay).
Every map must include the following information:
a) A title (i.e., “Origin of my Garments and Companies Headquarters”). This should be included in
the top portion of your map.
b) An arrow and an “N” (north) sign on top [of the arrow] pointing to the geographic north.
Place it on the upper right hand-side corner of the map.
c) Labels for each of the continents in which your garments where made and where the companies
that made them have located their headquarters. These should be located in the middle section of
the continents included.
d) Two different symbols representing (a) the regions of origin of your garments, and, (b) the
location of the companies’ headquarters. You can use a graduated circle, triangle, square, etc. to represent each of these items but not the same since each one represents a different category (origin and company headquarters). The width of these symbols should be adjusted to represent the number of items that were manufactured in each continent and, also, the number of companies headquarters located in each region. For example, if six items of the garments you selected were manufactured in Asia, two in Africa, and two in Latin America, then the symbol that you use to represent Asia should be three times larger than the symbol use to represent the contribution of the other two continents.
e) A legend indicating the values of the symbols used to represent the origin of your garments and the location of the companies headquarters.
To make your map, if you are not proficient in Microsoft Power Point (PPT) or any other computer program that allows to create this map, you can print the blank map that is included in the next pages (and in the PPT file as well), and write all the necessary information neatly in your own handwriting. If this is the case, you will have to scan or take a picture of your map, and paste it in your word document (this msut be included between your tables and theessay sections). If you produce a map in PPT, you will also have to copy it and paste it to your word document. To copy your map from PPT to your word document, press Control [Ctrl] and Print Screen [PrntScr] together on the PPT slide; then go to your word document, and click paste. You should crop this page to show your map only.