Introduction to International and Global Studies

Introduction to International and Global Studies

Introduction to International and Global Studies

Introduction to International and Global Studies

Synopsis

This innovative introduction to international and global studies, updated and revised in a new edition, offers instructors in the social sciences and humanities a core textbook for teaching undergraduates in this rapidly growing field. Encompassing the latest scholarship in what is a markedly interdisciplinary endeavor, Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown introduce key concepts, themes, and issues and then examine each in lively chapters on essential topics that include the history of globalization; economic, political, and cultural globalization; security, energy, and development; health; agriculture and food; and the environment. Within these topics, the authors explore such timely and pressing subjects as commodity chains, labor (including present-day slavery), human rights, multinational corporations, and the connections among them.

New to this edition:

• The latest research on debates over privacy rights and surveillance since Edward Snowden's disclosures

• Updates on significant political and economic developments throughout the world, including a new case study of European Union, Icelandic, and Greek responses to the 2008 fiscal crisis

• The newest information about the rise of fracking, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the decline of the Peak Oil movement, and climate change, including the latter's effects on the Arctic and Antarctica

• A dedicated website with authors' blog and a teaching tab with syllabi, class activities, and well-designed, classroom-tested resources

• An updated teacher's manual available online, including sample examination questions, additional resources for each chapter, and special assistance for teaching ESL students

• Updated career advice for international studies majors

Excerpt

Lauren grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While an undergraduate, she arranged with one of her professors to conduct an independent research project and traveled to Liberia in West Africa for a summer. Upon her return, she worked as an intern for an international nongovernmental agency and, as she completed a political science degree, made plans for a career in the areas of philanthropy and leadership. Following graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Cape Verde, where she worked in family health. These experiences helped her choose to earn a graduate degree in public health, as well as a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. In graduate school, she met her future husband, an Indian national. She is now part of a bicultural family in which she and her husband both are working to expose their children to the plethora of cultures around the world through travel and education. She also remains deeply engaged in international philanthropy. Lauren had not initially known where her undergraduate program of study would lead her; she knew only that she thrived on making contact with individuals from other cultures, even as she came to know her own culture better.

Fekade is Ethiopian. His parents emigrated to the United States when he was eight years old. Raised bilingually and biculturally, he attended public elementary and high schools in the Pacific Northwest. His original intention was to find a way to return to Ethiopia to work in some type of international service. Following his undergraduate work in international studies, he has since decided to focus his graduate work on public health and immigrant communities in the United States. He has organized students at his university to participate in activities that focus on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and to try to make informed choices about everything they do. Contact with other cultures has transformed both his education choices and career choices.

The life trajectories of Lauren and Fekade (whose stories are real but whose names have been changed here) are not unusual. Many people are profoundly touched by their concern for international questions. Perhaps you will also find your life transformed by your cultural contacts and program of study. But whether or not you . . .

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