Globalization & Geography
and the Nike Shoe
by: Meaghan Robidoux
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I know this because while watching a video about Planet Money making a T-Shirt it went really into depth about the people who make our clothing. A woman, Jasmine, from Bangladesh lived in a very poor village and has worked in the clothing industry since she was 16 years old. Jasmine lived in a poor village and worked to help her parents pay off their debt. In countries like Bangladesh it is hard to pick up your family and move especially when you don't know if you are going to have another meal. Jasmine and her family had to live off of what they had and that was little to nothing. The way Jasmine and her family live is similar to how people live in other developing countries as well. For them it is a way of life. I know I live in America because my great grandparents migrated from Ireland to the States. They moved because they wanted a better life for their children. Why did they decide to live in Massachusetts? There are so many questions that all tie back to geography and globalization.
My Claim in SIX WORDS
Globalization can mean many things to everyone and can be interpreted in different ways. Not one single definition is correct or incorrect.
What does globalization mean to you?
This is the Nike Fury Flex running shoe. It is designed to be more light weight and supportive for the runner wearing the shoes.
Nike Trade Routes
Nike shoes aren't made in the United States and are made in other countries such as Indonesia.
Nike shoes are manufactured in factories such as the one in Indonesia.
Nike Trade Routes
Nike distribution center
This image is of the inside of a Nike distribution center. There are 5 distribution centers locates in the United States and 16 outside of the US.
The crowded streets of Indonesia due to a population of 249.9 million people as of 2013. Compared to the United States with a population of 318.9 million since 2014.
The Nike shoe consists of ;
Nike distribution center
- All of the materials are collected from around the world
- such as the GMO cotton that is grown in the US
- materials are shipped to the factory in Indonesia where the shoes are made
- from the factory the shoes are packaged and put onto a cargo ship or plain
- once the merchandise arrives in the US it is sent to South Dakota
- from South Dakota the shoes and shipped across the country to various stores that sell Nike as one of their brands
Many issues are caused due to globalization.
Many people have protested against Nike because of the terrible working conditions and low pay.Nike contracts manufacturing to many developing countries including Indonesia because it is a lot cheaper. The minimum wage in the US is $7.25 per hour. While in Indonesia the minimum wage is $4 per day.
This is a machine that is used to manufacturer a line of Nike GS boots. Technology has come a very long way and has been very influential in the growth of globalization but is can also have negative affects. Such as transportation of the machinery. It costs money to get the machinery to developing countries and can be very difficult to move. Once the factory is made and the machines are in place there is no moving the machinery.
There is less cultural diversity due to globalization. The Nike shoe has been a huge part of globalization because Nike is a multinational company that has 858 retail stores worldwide. Other companies such as Starbucks have also globalized. Nike and Starbucks are just a few examples. The brands are a part of America's culture and some people may say the two brands are a way of life. Since Nike has globalized it isn't just an American thing anymore.
Pros and Cons of globalization.
- increase of freedom - loss of jobs
- free trade - increase of environmental damage
-international competition - open borders ~ terrorism
- economic growth - spread of disease
- more access to medicine - less cultural diversity
- longer life expectancy - increase of poverty
- develop poor countries - sweat shops
- loss of jobs
- increase of environmental damage
- open borders ~ terrorism
- spread of disease
- less cultural diversity
- increase of poverty
- sweat shops
Globalization In My Life
There are also negative aspects such as the technological world. Right now I'm taking a virtual learning class and I can communicate with my teacher through a classroom on the internet. Taking a virtual learning class can be stressful at times and difficult to navigate. As a student I prefer learning in a classroom. It is scary to even fathom that in the next 20 years or so that is how everyone will learn.