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An Introduction to Global Studies

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Globalization and its consequences represent one of the most urgent and complex challenges of the twenty-first century. An Introduction to Global Studies presents students with the essential information necessary for an understanding of the complex set of interconnected issues confronting today’s globalized world.

In addition to exploring competing conceptions of globalization, the book reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field of global studies, with coverage of such topics as the nation-state system, international organizations, human rights, the global environment, population and consumption, infectious diseases, gender, global media, war, conflict, and peace. A variety of enhanced features throughout the text help illustrate the themes presented and stimulate thinking about the topics addressed. Each chapter also contains a listing of further research ideas, academic resources on selected topics, and specific real-world examples.

Drawing on insights from a broad range of disciplines across the social sciences, An Introduction to Global Studies provides readers with a firm and integrated knowledge base to help them gain a better understanding of the multifaceted issues confronting our complex and rapidly changing world.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Going Global
Why Global Studies?
What We Talk About When We Talk About Globalization
Dimensions of Globalization
In Focus: Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations"
Global Citizenship: Rights, Responsibility, Inequalities, and Connections
Nation-state System
Nations, States, and the Nation-state System
Emergence of the Nation-state System
Struggling States
The Nation-state's Challenges and Competitors
In Focus: Terrorists
International Organizations
Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
In Focus: Amnesty International
Human Rights
Where Do Human Rights Come From?
Human Rights in the Modern Era
In Focus: What Is Torture?
How Are Human Rights Monitored and Enforced?
Emerging Human Rights
Human Rights and Non-state Actors
Human Rights Abuses: Why They Affect Us All
The Natural Environment
Global Climate Change
In Focus: Chico Mendes and Brazil's Rubber-tappers
Ongoing Global Environmental Challenges
Waste Production
Environmental Discrimination
International Environmental Protection Efforts
Population and Consumption
Global Population
Population Pressures
Global Consumption Patterns
In Focus: Population Growth, Aging, and Consumption in the Land of the Lonely Hearts Club
Infectious Disease and Globalization
Microbes and Infectious Diseases: A Brief Overview
Infectious Disease and Globalization: The Current Picture
In Focus: AIDS and Globalization
The Global Fight against Infectious Disease: Current Challenges
The Gendered World
Defining Our Terms
Gender, Poverty, and Development
In Focus: Microcredit
Labor and Migration
Human Security and Human Rights
Education and Health
Information and Communication Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies
The Information Age
Networked: The Impact of the Internet
The Digital Divide
In Focus: Internet Censorship
New Media
War and Violent Conflict
When Does Violent Conflict become War?
Types of War and Violent Conflict
In Focus: Geno/Politicide Risk Factors
War and Pre-history
The History of War
Causes of War
Ethical and Legal Dimensions of War
In Focus: Private Military Companies
The Costs of War
What Constitutes Peace? Defining Our Terms
Origins of the Modern Peace Movement
Waging Peace
Global Connections: The Personal Dimension of Peace
In Focus: United Fruit
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