Benefits of Sweatshops

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The Benefit of Sweatshops

Robert Gelber

Integrative Seminar 300
Professor Duclos Alegue
April 28th, 2011

Abstract: Many countries, industries and people are becoming more affected by sweatshops in different ways because of they’re continuous increase in growth. Sweatshops benefit many developing countries as they provide opportunities of employment to the people living in poverty and benefit the community at large by creating an economic infrastructure that utilizes the country’s resources and increases their tax base. These institutions first came into existence in the early 1800’s and were referred to as dwelling houses, which were local factories that generally had the same idea of the sweatshop that we have in today’s society. There
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True womanhood created an ideology that was very beneficial to the textile industry (Hapke, 2001) as it was based strictly on a profit driven management system, which viewed its workers as factory hands rather than domestic workers. Lowell Mills was a company that used this ideology to it’s full potential. The making of a product was broken down into specific categories so that each person had a specific task and repeated that task over and over and over again. Instead of one person making a product from start to finish, each person was given one task to perform repeatedly. For example one person would be spinning the yarn while the next worker would be weaving cloths (Hapke, 2001). This would increase productivity so that products could be manufactured at a more efficient rate that would generate more profit. Between 1880-1940 tenement houses became the ideal place to produce garments. The term “Sweatshop” was beginning to come into existence as the sweating system was commonly used during this time. In the lower east side of New York, tenement houses reached an outrageous number of 35,000, which resulted in a million and a half people working in these establishments (Hapke, 2001). The working conditions in these houses were horrendous as they were terribly overcrowded to the point where it was uncomfortable and unhealthy to work in the small, poorly ventilated rooms. The facilities were also
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