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Contemporary Readings in Globalization

Contemporary Readings in Globalization

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February 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This reader was developed to be used in numerous courses taught in sociology, anthropology, history, political science and global studies. This book will fit into any course that is focused on contemporary global issues. It is appropriate for an introductory course, as well as for more specialised upper level courses.

The readings have been selected from numerous well respected journals (including numerous SAGE journals) as well as from the popular press. The journal articles have been edited to make them more 'user friendly' for the undergraduate student.

The reader includes a topic guide to help the instructor better integrate the material into their course and well-crafted section openers place each article in context for the students .

1. Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay.

Pranab Bardhan. Journal of South Asian Development. Vol. 1 No. 1 2006.
2. The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know.

Charles Fishman. Fast Company. December 2003.
3. The Radical Thesis on Globalization and the Case of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

Steve Ellner. Latin American Perspectives. Vol. 29 No. 6. 2002.
4. A Coffee Connoisseur on a Mission.

Michaele Weissman. The New York Times. June 22, 2006.
5. The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.

David Korten. Yes! Magazine. Summer 2006.
6. Always With Us: Jeffrey Sachs plan to eliminate poverty.

John Cassidy. New Yorker. April 11, 2005.
7. Born into Bondage.

Paul Raffaele. Smithsonian. September 2005.
8. Pulling Rickshaws in the City of Dhaka.

Sharifa Begum and Binayak Sen. Environment and Urbanization. Vol. 17 No. 2 2002.
9. The Good Samaritans: Melinda Gates, Bono, and Bill Gates.

Nancy Gibbs. Time. January 2, 2006.
10. Violencia Femicida: Violence Against Women and Mexico’s Structural Crisis.

Mercedes Olivera. Latin American Perspectives Vol. 33, No. 2. 2006.
11. How One Company Brought Hope to the Poor.

Marco Visscher. Ode Magazine. April 2005.
12. The Right to Education in a Globalized World.

Ronald Lindahl. Journal of Studies in International Education. Vol. 10 No. 1 Spring 2006.
13. Breaking Down Notions of Us and Them: Answering Globalization with Global Learning.

Angelo Carfagna. FDU Magazine. Spring 2006.
14. A Would-Be Pilot, Hitting Turbulence on the Ground.

Michael Wines. The New York Times. April 30, 2005.
15. France: The Riots and the Republic.

Graham Murray. Race and Class Vol. 47 No. 2. 2006.
16. Torture: The Struggle Over a Peremptory Norm in a Counter-Terrorist Era.

Rosemary Foot. International Relations, Vol. 20, No 2. 2006.
17. Peace and Democracy for Haiti: A UN Mission Impossible?

David M. Malone. International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 2. 2006.
18. Globalization and the Study of International Security.

Victor D. Cha. Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 37, No. 3. 2000.
19. The Biggest Failure: A new approach to help the world’s internally displaced people.

Ray Wilkinson. Vol 4 No 141. 2006.
20. Outsourcing Your Heart.

Unmesh Kher. Time Magazine. May 21, 2006.
21. Rumor, Fear and Fatigue Hinder Final Push to End Polio.

Celia W. Dugger and Donald. G. McNeil, Jr. The New York Times. March 20, 2006.
22. AIDS and Health-Policy Responses in European Welfare States.

Monika Steffen. Journal of European Social Policy Vol. 14. 2004
23. US Plan to Lure Nurses May Hurt Poor Nations.

Celia W. Dugger. The New York Times. May 24, 2006.
24. Exploitation of Energy Resources in Africa.

Julia Maxted. Journal of Developing Societies Vol. 22, No. 1. 2006.
25. While Washington Slept.

Mark Hertsgaard. Vanity Fair. May 2006.
26. Some Convenient Truths: stopping global warming.

Gregg Easterbrook. The Atlantic. September 2006.
SECTION 7: Shah M. Tarzi, Sociology Department, Bradley University, 1501 West Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625, ENVIRONMENT
27. A Financial Framework for Reducing Slums: Lessons from Experience in Latin America.

Bruce Ferguson and Jesus Navarrete. Environment and Urbanization, 2003. SAGE Publications.
28. Tropic of Answer: Ecotourism.

Charles Munn. Grist Magazine. April 14, 2006.
29. Strangers in the Forest.

Lawrence Osborne. New Yorker. April 18, 2005
30. In American Waters.

Scott Sernau. IU International News. Spring 2006.

"It is interesting and well-written and should generate some student discussion...The “Questions” box at the end of each article is well-placed and is welcome."

Dale R. Howard
NorthWest Arkansas Community College

I have a demographics course. While many of these articles are insightful and easy to read, I need more information on economic/political states of nations across the world.

Thanks for providing this resource!


Mr Mark Caldwell
Sociology Dept, Univ Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
July 11, 2014

Good articles, variety

Ms Renee Gonzales
Social Work, Adrian College
March 27, 2013

I am using Sernau's Global Problems as the main text for this class, so I was expecting this reader to fit well. I was surprised to see that the articles are not useful for this class - they were usually too simplistic.

Dr Annette Kuhlmann
Anthropology Sociology Dept, University of Wisconsin - Baraboo / Sauk
September 22, 2012

It does not fit with my class topics.

Dr Ryan Alaniz
Sociology, California Polytechnic State University
March 31, 2012

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