anthro essay - Pantoskey 1 Due to increases in competition...

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Pantoskey 1 Due to increases in competition and prices of goods, domestically and globally, many corporations have adopted alternative means of production. The rise and spread of globalization is directly correlated with the increase in number of sweatshops and off shoring practices. Sweatshops have been a global phenomenon since the industrial revolution in the mid-nineteenth century. With the help of sweatshops, companies are now able to open factories in less developed countries and benefit from the lower wages and more lenient labor laws and therefore maximize their profits. Although, sweatshops create more opportunities and jobs for poorer countries, they adversely violate human rights, labor laws, and working conditions due to their exploitative nature. Sweatshops can have a devastating impact on the wellbeing of their workers due to the dangerous working conditions, long work hours, and very little pay (“Sweatshops,” Green America). On the other hand, many communities in southeastern Asia, where economic resources are scarce, argue that despite these harmful working conditions, sweatshops present economic opportunities. I plan to move to Bangladesh and conduct participant-observation research by immersing myself into their culture and observing the daily lives of Bangladesh sweatshop workers. I will take an emic perspective in doing my research and ultimately create an ethnography to help raise awareness of the unbearable sweatshops conditions. A. Sweatshops continue to have success due to the fact that they are highly prevalent in less developed nations with permissive labor laws and little economic opportunities. Many corporations of the United States take advantage of the opportunity to save money through off shoring to poorer countries in southeastern Asia such as Bangladesh. In 2008, it was discovered that workers Wal-Mart’s sweatshops in Bangladesh were forced to work 19-hour shifts and paid
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Pantoskey 2 as little as $20 a month under unfavorable conditions such as verbal and physical abuse (Gogoi 2008). Wal-Mart asked the reporters several times to not release the reports because it would ruin their reputation but they did anyways to raise awareness of the horrible conditions people have to work under. Despite these long work hours and hazardous working conditions, big corporations such as Wal-Mart have no trouble finding workers. Because of the lack of job opportunities, many individuals have to sacrifice their human rights just to put food on the table. Also, companies such as Wal-Mart, take advantage of the economic hardships associated with poorer countries by spending the least amount of money on salaries and conditions of their factories. Child labor and sweatshops have been a huge aspect of Bangladesh society for many
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course ANTHROPOLO 2 taught by Professor Walsh during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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