Sweatshops

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Submitted By tricia20761
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Are Sweatshops Beneficial?
January 22, 2016

Situation Analysis What I generally know about sweatshops is they are a horrible place to work. They are the lowest of the low. You work long hours for barely any money. For my audience, being my instructor and fellow classmates, I would assume they know at least that much, more or less. For the instructor’s expectations of my paper would include a couple of things to me. First and foremost a complete understanding of the chosen core reading. Within that I will be able to educate my audience more in depth of this subject being sweatshops. Another instructor expectation would to do all that within a well-organized, proper formatted paper. As for my audience expectations I expect they would to be properly informed on this subject before I put my personal opinion in the paper. I find this subject to be especially relevant to today’s world because we are affected by it daily. A lot of the mainstream products we have and use are made by companies that have sweatshops overseas. Most people would be interested in this because of what we buy can have an effect on the workers. Even though we don’t see it first-hand here in Indianapolis, Indiana, it does matter us as a human being. With this paper I hope to enlighten my fellow classmates on the core reading. Since the paper is more pro-sweatshops I will give some of the cons to it as my response. I want this paper to help educate the reader so they can make a more informed opinion on the matter. The importance of this is the more people that are aware and talking about it, the more we can help make a positive difference in the world.

Is a horrible job better than no job at all? This article from The New York Times, Where Sweatshops Are a Dream by Nicholas Kristof, gives Americans a different perspective on the nature of sweatshops. It comes from somebody who has seen…...

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