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anthro assignment 2 - Energy Flow in our World Pakistan 1...

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Energy Flow in our World Pakistan: 1. For my first piece of clothing I picked an ordinary T-shirt. It was one that I bought from Target about a year ago at a price of $9.99. It’s a navy blue t-shirt with writing on the front and the back as well. When checking the tag I learned that it was made in Pakistan and consists of 100% cotton. (a.)In order for the shirt to be manufactured many steps were needed to be taken to get it to the point is it at today. First the raw material of cotton would be needed. The cotton needs to be grown, picked, cleaned and then weaved into fabric. Once the fabric is made, it’s off to a sewing factory consisting of a mixture of workers and machines to prepare begin preparing t-shirt. Then the shirt needed to be dyed, then packed off and shipped to the United States via plane. (b.)Pakistan is located in Southern Asia bordering the Arabian Sea. It borders India on the East, Iran and Afghanistan on the west and china on the north. (c.)The GNI per capita (or the Gross National Income per person) in Pakistan is $770 in 2006. 2. Using the CIA’s worldbook fact I found there was a great difference in the lowest income when compared to the highest income. The lowest 10% is responsible for only 4.1% of the average household income listed above. While the highest 10% makes up 27.6% of the income. Because there is an unequal distribution of the money the society is classified as stratified and not egalitarian.
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3. The shirt cost $9.99. When dividing the cost of the shirt by the average income or Pakistan we get a value of .013. When dividing it by the average income of The United States ($43,000) a value of .00023. Therefore buying this item is not in the same proportion of the average income for each society. This gap is accounted for because majority of people in Pakistan would never spend ten dollars on a shirt. As the shirt travels from Pakistan to the US and the more people involved working on the manufacturing of it, the price increases. Also because the average income in the United States is so much higher than the
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2008 for the course ANTHRO 100 taught by Professor Payntor during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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