Understanding the Global Experience Becoming a Responsible World Citizen

ISBN-10: 0205707416
ISBN-13: 9780205707416
Edition: 2010
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List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This cross-disciplinary anthology of contemporary global issues explores a number of topics and methodologies critical to developing responsible world citizenship.Globalism, Globalization, Culture, Environmentalism, Western Imperialism, Global Media and News; Global Media and News.For anyone wishing to better understand globalization and its impact.

The authors are all faculty members in the liberal arts and sciencesnbsp;at Elon University in North Carolina. Theynbsp;share teaching responsibilities fornbsp;a course called Undertstanding the Global Experience that is required of all first-year students.

Preface
Editors' Note
Approaches to Studying the World Today
Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen
Prelude to What May Be a Surprising Chapter
Some Preliminary Thoughts on Being and Becoming a Global Citizen
An Inconvenient Truth: We May Be More Racist and Xenophobic than Is Pleasant to Admit
Patriotism, Nationalism, Ethnocentrism, and Racism: All Points on the Same Spectrum?
One Good Thing about Sputnik: The Unlikely Catalyst Creating a Global Community
Crushed Chickpeas, Academic Freedom, and the Blind Machine
Does Fire Purge Us of Our Racism? Some Thoughts from Evolutionary Psychology
A Model for How To Proceed as a Global Citizen
How Will the Rest of This Book Help You Embrace Your Role as a "Global Citizen?"
Approaches to Studying the World Today
Topics in Global Studies
The Joy of Culture: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Diversity
What is Culture?: Perspectives and Practices of Daily Life
The Importance of Understanding and Appreciating Other Cultures
Culture Change and Global Impacts
An Increase in Cultural Diversity: The United States and the World
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
Ethnocentrism
Cultural Relativism: A Means of Overcoming Ethnocentrism
Further Explorations of Culture: The Disciplines of Anthropology and Sociology
Culture Defined in More Detail: The History of a Definition
The Characteristics of Culture
The Elements of Culture
Institutions: Culture and Everyday Life
Putting It All Together: The Web of Culture
Reading, Writing, and Researching the Global Experience
Reading for a Global Perspective
Photo Analysis: The Way You Were
Comparative News Reading
Reading: Listen and Respond
"Overstanding" a Nonfiction Text: Reflective Questioning
Using Tagmemics: Atomizing and Contextualizing
Rabbi Arthur Waskow: "Can America Learn from Shabbat?"
Generating Questions in Responsive Reading
E. Benjamin Skinner: "A World Enslaved"
Researching and Writing for a Global Perspective
Preliminary Research: Finding Books and Articles
Reference Books
Catalogues and Databases
Fieldwork and Visual Evidence
Conducting Interviews
Recording Observations
Administering Questionnaires or Surveys
Forming and Arguing a Thesis
Family Immigration Research Project
Numbers and the World
Mistakes Were Made
The Real World
Ignoring Number
Applications: Using Numerical Information to Help Understand the World
Numerical Information: A Limitation
Basics: Understanding the Fundamentals of Nations via Numbers
The Land
The People
The Faithful
Power
Mighty Economies
Military Muscle
Quality of Life
Money
Long Life
Increased Complexity
Good Government
Putting It All Together
The Environment
The Condition of the Planet
A Primary Offender
The Disappearance of Species
People and More People
Environmental Responsibility
Observations
Return to Borat
Problems
Concluding Remarks
Reading World Literature to Read the World: Literature and the Global Student
World Literature and World Affairs: Looking for Parallels
Globalization: Not Just about Free Trade, Tariffs and Cotton Subsidies
Navigating the Map of World Literature: Not Continents and Countries, but Genres and Modes
Interpreting Individual Works: The Historical and Cultural Critic's Broad Perspective on Finding Meaning
One Example: The Tempest
Other Familiar Examples of Literature as Purveyors of "History" or "Culture": Huckleberry Finn, Heart of Darkness, A Modest Proposal
The Interpreter's Choice: Being an Intelligent Critic of World Literature
Classifying and Theorizing the Various Relationships between Literature and the World
Literature as Mirror
Literature as Commentator
Literature as Participant and Shaper
Literature as Alternative or Subversive History
Global Studies Topics in a Novel, a Poem, and a Short Story: The Global Experience through Literature
Novel: Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner
Poetry: Steve Chimombo's "Developments From the Grave"
Short Story: Kojo Laing's "Vacancy for the Post of Jesus Christ"
Nonfiction: The Essay, Nature Writing, the Blog
Conclusion
Global Media and Global News: A Guide to Decoding and Analyzing Information
Introduction: Information Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink?
Defining Mass Communication and the Mass Media: The Great Global News System
Mass Media: World-Wide Roles and Responsibilities, and the Limits of Freedom
Ownership and Ownership Patterns
Ownership, Culture, and Ideological Shaping
Gatekeeping in Mass Media
The Individual and the System: i-media and u-report
The Product Itself: News or Infotainment?
What Is News?
Elements of News
Don't Be Fooled: Reading the Mass Media Intelligently
Steps to Analyzing and Understanding News: Critical Thinking-A Strategy for All Seasons
Applying Critical Thinking
Conclusion
Topics in Global Studies
Environmentalism Gone Wild: The Great Green Mobilization and Beyond
Environmentalism Evolves
The Mobilization
Debating the Mobilization
What Would Thoreau Do?
Trapped in a System
Whole-Systems Design
Earth in Flow
Yes, We Can!
Religion Gone Wild
Western Imperialism and Its Legacies
Chapter Overview
The Old Colonial System from the Late Fifteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries
Motives for the New Imperialism in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Africa Partitioned
Colonial Policies and Their Legacies
Imperialism in Asia
India
Southeast Asia
China
Japan
Neocolonialism in the Caribbean and Central America
The Middle East and the League of Nations Mandates
Revolution in Asia and Africa: Dismantling Empires after 1945
Asia
Africa
Looking at the World Through a Gendered Lens: Feminism and Global Studies
Defining Feminism
The Conceptual Tools of Feminism and Global Studies
The Social Construction of Gender
Gender and Other Social Factors
The Male Generic
The Devaluing of the Feminine
Deploying Feminism's Conceptual Tools Around the World: Some Examples
Female Genital Cutting
Agriculture
HIV/AIDS
Fill in the Blank
Conclusion
Use and Abuse: Drugs and Drug Commerce in a Global Context
Drugs around the World: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
Drugs Have Shaped Culture, Just as Culture Has Shaped Drug Use
Peyote and the Native American Church
Caffeine and the Eight-to-Five Workday
Drug Prohibition in the United States
Race, Social Class, and Drug Legislation
Drugs and Relationships Between Cultures
Europeans Discover Coca and Tobacco
China, Great Britain, and Opium
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century
Drug Proxy Armies and Foreign Policy
Conclusion
Navigating Religion in the Global Context
Introduction
The Disappearing God: Is Religion Relevant in the Western World?
Shaping Our Inner and Outer Worlds
The intersection of religion and culture
Religion's special power: transcendent command and the realm of the absolute
When Worlds Come Undone
Worlds Colliding: When Religions Conflict
The Ottoman Empire and the European Powers
Iran and Islam
Iraq and Islam
Resistance Is No Respecter of Religions
Israel: Judaism, Christianity & Islam
Latin America and Liberation Theology
In the African Context: Nigeria and Darfur
Is There a Way Forward?
World Religious and secular forces still at odds
The need for negotiation and the example of Northern Ireland
Using the model of the Good Friday Agreement in other parts of the world
Global Politics and Global Issues: Where Do You Fit?
States as Political Actors
Rules and Organizations for the Engagement of States
Non-state Political Actors
Organizations for Non-state Actors
Key Concepts Related to Cooperation and Conflict: Interests, Ideas, Perceptions, and Power
International Law-Its Range and Limitations
State Dominance in International Law
International Law and Non-state Actors
The Role of Theory in International Relations
Realism and Liberalism
Constructivism and Feminism
The United States in the World Today
The Politics of Addressing Pressing Global Problems and Pursuing Global Opportunities
Communication and Making Connections
Your Place in Global Politics-or the "Who Cares?" Question
"Jihad vs. McWorld": Benjamin R. Barber Revisited
Introduction: Finding Frameworks for the World's Multeity and Unity, Change and Stasis
Barber's "Jihad vs. McWorld"
The Presocratics
Friedman, Sachs, Stiglitz, Soros, Ritzer
Hegel
"McDonaldization" and "Flattening"
Locating "Jihad" and "McWorld"
The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
China and the Olympics: Beijing, Summer 2008
Zambia: A Personal Experience
Zimbabwe: Tribalism Dial Set at "Self-Destruct"?
Namibia Since Independence: Beyond Jihad and McWorld?
Talking Points
Exporting Democracy
The Successes and Failures of McWorld
The Successes and Failures of Jihad
Can We Do As Well As Barber, Friedman, et al.? Some Student Voices
Last Thoughts about Our Need for Other People's Interpretive Perspectives in the Field of Global Studies

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