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Total word count at least 650Research and write a short analysis of one important moment in the commodification and globalization of one commodity (in most cases, early 20th century or prior). Just a few examples could include bananas, cement, diamonds, palm oil, rubber, tobacco… (but not wheat, corn, cotton, or petroleum; if chocolate or coffee, must be 19th century or earlier). Specifically, your case study shouldpick a commodity, and then pick a single phase or moment in the process of it becoming a commodity, and analyze how that change came about. Remember, commodification is the process of creating all the right conditions so that a particular thing can be produced, for profit, on a large scale, for large markets (often for a global market). Remember also that commodification is an ongoing process—nothing is ever fully commodified, merely commodified to a greater or lesser extent.
contextualize this moment of commodification within the broader history of the commodity, but focus most energy on one time and place: what change occurred, and why is it a particularly important moment?
use the concepts from the readings and class as an integral part of the analysis, employing quotes from the readings (and sources) where appropriate. For a definition and discussion of commodification, refer to the lectures especially in Weeks 2-3. Be sure to demonstrate your understanding of our assigned readings from Weeks 2-3 (Nature’s Metropolis and The Travels of a T-Shirt) in your analysis. Readings see attached file. This case study will be graded according to the following criteria:How well it describes and analyzes the chosen moment of commodification,
How well this analysis integrates the readings and the larger context of the course,
How well it meets academic writing
An excellent case study will use the concepts from the readings and class as an integral part of the analysis, employing quotes from the readings (and sources) where appropriate. It will be written to academic style: be sure to edit and proofread. The sources used will be appropriate to the topic, properly cited, and of academic quality. It may use popular sources (newspapers, magazines, online sites, etc.), but it must also make meaningful use of at least 2 scholarly, non-class sources (scholarly = academic = peer-reviewed journal articles or books; see below), and it must cite them properly.
Commodity Case Study RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis50 pts-The case study offers insight into how this moment of commodification fits into larger patterns of globalization and development45 pts-The when and where of the moment of commodification is clearly defined and analyzed40 pts-Within the commodity’s history, a single moment of commodification is specified and discussed35 pts-The case study discusses the historical development of a particular commodity28 pts-It is unclear what is being analyzed0 pts-No case study submitted50 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContext25 pts-The case study offers insight into how this moment of commodification fits into larger patterns of globalization and development22.5 pts-The most relevant concepts from the readings and class lectures are used to explain the process of commodification being examined20 pts-Some specific concepts from the readings or class lectures are mentioned17.5 pts-The analysis is poorly contextualized in reference to class15 pts-No reference to class context is made0 pts-No case study submitted25 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting25 pts-Writing is fluid and to the point, making the arguments clearly and forcefully. The sources cited are comprehensive, evidencing a thorough research effort22.5 pts-The case study is well-organized, with a clear structure. Sources are well-chosen, contributing to the argument20 pts-Writing is readable but has errors, poorly organized. Meets basic requirements for sources17.5 pts-Writing and argument are not clear, does not meet basic requirements for sources15 pts-Errors overwhelm meaning0 pts-No case study submitted25 ptsTotal Points: 100
Requirements: words count at least 650