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Unformatted text preview: Carleton University, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies Winter 2010 GEOG 2300A: Space, Place, and Identity ReFection Paper #2 Backpack Geographies OVERVIEW Every day as you come to school, you probably pick up your backpack (or other form of book or laptop carrier) to bring with you. There are likely a number of items that stay in your backpack, things you use frequently so you leave them in your bag for easy access, or things you so rarely use you have forgotten them at the bottom of the bag. Then there are probably a number of other items that are added or taken out depending on the day, the weather, your destination, etc. One of the many ways that we can explore our connections to world geographies, and forces of globalization, is to reFect upon the items we purchase and use, and how our consumption patterns not only reFect our personal preferences, but also how they reFect our connections to the world. This assignment is meant to facilitate this sort of reFection, based on standard items found in your backpack. PURPOSE The purpose of this reFection paper is to analyze the typical contents of your backpack to identify how items you purchase/use reFect your personal and cultural identity, global economies, transportation and production networks, and imagery of globalization. You will undertake this through personal reFection, analyzing spatial connections between countries of company headquarters and countries of product production, and learning about/comparing human development indices between these “headquarter” and “production” countries. EVALUATION Pick a day that you wish to evaluate all the current contents of your backpack (or other form of book or laptop carrier). You only need to do this analysis once, so pick a day when you feel the contents of your backpack represent a typical day for you. Identify and itemize ALL the contents (at least 10 items) of your backpack (including your backpack itself) as best you can using company labels and available product information. Create a table to compile your analysis that describes the following: • Backpack item • Item description...
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- Winter '09
- Geography, Human Development Index, Human Poverty Index, Gender Empowerment Measure, Gender-related Development Index, Backpack Geographies