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Geography essay example


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Topic: Film Review Type: Analytical Essay Subject: Geography
Academic Level: Undergraduate Style: APA Language: English (U.S)
Number of Pages: 3 (double-spaced, Times New Roman, Font 12)

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Geography essay example

  1. 1. Running head: FILM REVIEW BASED ON LABOR GEOGRAPHY 1 Topic: Film Review Type: Analytical Essay Subject: Geography Academic Level: Undergraduate Style: APA Language: English (U.S) Number of Pages: 3 (double-spaced, Times New Roman, Font 12) Written by: Number of sources: 4 Task Details The purpose of this review is to examine how work, workers, and
 Space are related in the film. This is a 3 page, double space paper. Keep the review succinct, analytical rather than summative, and relevant to the course. You should focus on 2-3 themes covered in the course that help you relate the film or song to labor geography (ex.: exploitation; post-Fordism; social reproduction; etc.) Consider how these themes are spatial (ex.: Where is the workplace and how is it spatially organized? How is the workplace designed and how does design shape power relations therein? What is your relationship to workers in other places?) Cite and discuss 2 or more academic articles to reinforce your thesis and main arguments. Organize your review as you would do for a standard academic essay, including a thesis statement, introduction, body, and conclusion. Choose any film/song that interests you
  3. 3. FILM REVIEW BASED ON LABOR GEOGRAPHY 3 Fishing in the Sea of Greed The fundamentals of labor geography are largely in line with the concepts of human and social geography, especially those pertaining economic, political, and social landscapes spatial relations. In particular, this is what brings about the conceptualization of fundamentalisms of societal constructions, including stratification, political power, economic systems, and human geography; ultimately bringing forth the aspects of laborers or works in creating the definition of economic/labor geography. In this review, the focus is to reveal the economic/labor geography aspects in relation to themes of societal constructions, as well as the human geography, for instance exploitation, social reproduction, spatial representations and Post-Fordism among others through reviewing the documentary film; “Fishing in the Sea of Greed.” Fishing in the Sea of Greed is a film that focuses on how traditional fishing communities around the globe became threatened by industrialized fishing practices during the periods of industrialization, which witnessed colossal factory fishing ships and private capital resulting to fish in very large quantities for the purposes of production and resource capitalization (Icarus Films, 2013). This in turn contributed to the displacement of the traditional fishing communities and the communities, even became poverty-stricken as it is discussed in the subsequent paragraphs of this paper's Fishing in the Sea of Greed film review with respect to defining some of the central themes in economic/labor geography. From the movie, the relation of exploitation and traditional working communities is depicted from the transformation of traditional fishing methods to industrialize and mechanize fishing methods from the developed world. Before industrialization and fishery mechanization,
  4. 4. FILM REVIEW BASED ON LABOR GEOGRAPHY 4 traditional communities "native Indians", mainly depended on fish as food for daily consumption and supplemented the activity with farming on the adjacent lands of the sea. When industrialization and fishing mechanization kicked in, the traditional communities realized a new form of exploitation, that is, fish could not only be exploited as food for daily consumption but also for the purposes of amassing wealth and improving living standards. This was through the influence that the traditional communities gained from the work conditions created by the developed world that now becomes part of them, thereby bringing about the concept of roles of place, space, and scale in comprehending labor/economic geography. Also, as a result of fish exploitation to amass wealth, private and international fishing agencies emerged, leading to abuse of fisheries, the traditional communities organize themselves into government and together with the global water corporations they advanced towards promoting regulated fishing and alternative forms of economic exploitation such as agriculture. In this case, they now not only fought for their fishing jobs in the industries, but also for the survival of their ecosystem and economy. This precisely explains the spatial Praxis with the relations of social phenomena of capitalism geography that defines clearly the geographical theories of how workers contribute to determining national development, policy/political formations, and economic landscapes around them (Castree, 2007). Moreover, in the conceptualization of labor geography from the review of this film, the factor of location and shift to mechanized and industrialized fishing to some extent defines the theme of Post-Fordism. In particular, the traditional communities fished merely for consumption purposes with non-mechanized and inflexible fishing methods in the earlier periods. With the shift in fishing practices, it thus represents Post-Fordism definitions which in this case refer to
  5. 5. FILM REVIEW BASED ON LABOR GEOGRAPHY 5 flexible and mechanized production processes as well as a flexible workforce with dynamic and emergent economies through mass production to acquire wealth, the creation of policies/ regulations to curb resource overexploitation and international economic regulations. Besides Post-Fordism, the film also primarily depicts the nature of how humans develop their economic geographies through social reproduction. This means that in terms of location, traditional communities that particularly depended on agriculture, rice growing, from the adjacent lands of the sea became widely affected by the abuse of fishing due to salination of ground water and pollution of rivers from prawn processing industry's waste disposal. As such, rice-growing farmers became poverty stricken while fishermen continued to amass wealth and gained higher standards of living. In fact, most of the rice-growing farmers within years had to abandon their farming lands to involve in insecure and precarious works to sustain their lives because large tracts of their farming lands now became unfit for agriculture due to salination of ground water and mass pollution of rivers. This defines the constraints produced by economic geographies through the role that capital plays in social reproduction. It reveals the social inequalities created by human vested interests in creating capital and space in their selfish or self-reproduction ways as depicted from the film. Essentially, this defines labor geography, especially through how workers influence and create geographic space in a manner that determine the social stratification and power. As such, this brings about the fact on how capital in geographic settings creates economic landscapes where workers (communities) strive for survival as well as self-reproduction, ultimately bringing about economic geography of capitalism – workers in a capitalist society – transmitting social
  6. 6. FILM REVIEW BASED ON LABOR GEOGRAPHY 6 inequality from one generation to another through social reproduction posed by precarious working experiences and uneven production patterns (Clark, Gertler & Feldman, 2003). References Castree, N. (2007). Labor geography: a work in progress. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31 (4), 853-862. Clark, G. L., Gertler, M. S., & Feldman, M. P. (2003). The Oxford handbook of economic geography. Oxford University Press. Icarus Films. (2013). Fishing in the Sea of Greed. Accessed 4th February, 2015 from http:// Lier, D. C. (2007). Places of work, scales of organizing: a review of labor geography. Geography Compass, 1 (4), 814-833. More links: