Wednesday, June 11, 2008

North or South ? If only it was so easy....

This post refers to Resource 8....This is a world map, which contains some information on the manufacturing of clothing work by a year group who are the focus for the pre-release booklet.
TONY has produced a very nice powerpoint on this resource too, which we shall use next week when the great adventure that is Work Experience is over...

You will notice that there is a solid line which separates what we could call the rich 'North' from the poor 'South', but it is seldom as straightforward as that... Indeed, there is some debate over whether the line is valid anymore given the economic growth in places such as the Arabian states, South Africa, Brazil and China to name but a few...

The line is called the BRANDT DIVIDE, (also known as the North South divide) after Willy Brandt, who chaired the group who proposed the position in the late 1970s. I had a copy of the book when doing my degree in the early 1980s...
Wikipedia article linked to above also offers a suggested updated position for the line (see below)Some questions on this map today:

1. Which continents are in a) the North and b) the South ?
2. How can Australia be in the North, and China be in the South ?
3. Which countries that were in the South on the map in the booklet are proposed to be in the North in the map above (i.e. are now shaded blue) ?
4. How many of 10SR's clothing were manufactured in a) the North and b) the South ?
5. Do a similar survey of 10 items of clothing from your wardrobe and bring the results in when you come back next week ! (this is important)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have completed a survey of the clothes in my wardrobe and have written down my findings. Will we be using this after the exam?

TOM CLARK

GeoBlogs said...

No.
Be prepared to possibly talk about this in the exam if there's a question asking about the source of clothes bought by people in MEDCs. What were the results of your survey ?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I can't copy my table into this comment box, because it won't allow lines or tables. I shall have to write it out.

I included four tee-shirts, which originated from Nicaragua, Turkey, India and China. There was also a woollen fleece from China, formal cotton shirt from Turkey, a track-suit top from Indonesia, one pair of jeans from Bangladesh, some formal trousers from Portugal and a pair of cotton shorts from Sri Lanka.

Of these 10 items Turkey and China were the most common places and all but one item was manufactured South of the Brandt line.

Overall, my results were quite similar to what I expected.

TOM CLARK

GeoBlogs said...

Good work Tom - go to the top of the class !