Journal of International and Global Studies

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Vol. 9, No. 2, June

Conspiracy Theories and the Zika Epidemic
Every pandemic proves to be fertile ground for conspiracy theories, from the outbreak of the Black Death in 1348 to the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009 (Smallman, 2015). By December 2015, health authorities in Brazil were aware that Zika was circulating...
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Darwin and Dunya: Muslim Responses to Darwinian Evolution
There are known to be frequent questions spread among people these days concerning the beginning of life, the origin of man, the unity of his body, his antecedents, the essence of his soul and so on. (1) (Al-Birbari, 1876, p. 231) In 1859, Charles...
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Enemies of the Nation: Understanding the Hungarian State's Relationship to Humanitarian NGOs
By way of introduction to his organization, the director and founder of nongovernmental organization Open Hearts, Attila, (1) explained, "The government does not like us, and we do not like the government" (personal communication, March 2016). The...
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The Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty and the Paradox of Japan's Nuclear Identity
On 7 July 2017, the "Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty" (NWPT), or the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was adopted in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with 122 countries in favor, one country (Netherlands) opposed, and one...
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Creating a Global Sustainable Lifelong Learning Society: An Andragogical Approach
We are experiencing significant changes in the area of work and witnessing major shifts from the industrial age to the world of globalization, a knowledge-based economy, and technological evolution, where knowledge is considered as a country's most...
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Fernando Pessoa and the Portuguese Modernist Heritage: A Sociocultural Analysis
The poet Fernando Pessoa was a driving force behind the birth of Portuguese modernism in the field of literature. He was also one of the country's most distinguished personalities, defending modernist principles in a country that in 1926 was fast moving...
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Regional Economic Groupings and Security Challenges: A Comparative Study of ECOWAS and SADC
The importance of security in the development of Regional Economic Groupings (REGs) cannot be overemphasized. At the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU), the founding fathers, though divided on the methodology...
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Before and after 9/11: Indo-U.S. Counterterrorism Cooperation
The bilateral relationship between India and the United States has transformed into a "bilateral strategic partnership" based on respect for democracy, pluralism, and rule of law as well as shared concerns on bilateral, regional and global issues....
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Vol. 9, No. 1, December

Linkages among Population, Food Production, and the Environment at Multiple Scales
Delivering sufficient caloric volume and a sufficiently balanced diet to the world's nearly eight billion humans is among the most pressing human and environmental concerns of our era. How can we fairly, efficiently, and sustainably provide adequate...
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Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Community Development in Cuba: Bringing Community Back into Development
Given the important role international tourism plays in Cuba's national budget, this paper will examine the nature and role of tourism and its relationship to community development and environmental sustainability. This paper will address the issues...
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Media, Family, and Friends: Normative Environment and Global Citizenship Identification
As an outcome of globalization, individuals are more connected to one another than ever before. Through sharing of information and cultural values and the movement of humans, products, and media, individuals are no longer restricted to exposure to...
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Re-Engineering Nigeria's Foreign Policy in the Post-Military Era: Olusegun Obasanjo's Presidency and Nigeria's African Foreign Policy
Under General Abacha, foreign policy was crudely mishandled. Records show that Nigeria was like a country without a foreign minister and a foreign policy during that period (Okpokpo, cited in Ilofuan, 2007, p.53). The governments of Generals Ibrahim...
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Adopting the Principles of Universal Design into International and Global Studies' Programs and Curriculum
Students, staff, and faculty at institutions of higher education in the United States are more diverse than they were a generation ago in terms of not only race, gender, and ethnicity but also students' learning needs. Multiple scholars have urged...
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Role of Intermediary Recruiters in Higher Education Preparation: Perceptions of Nepalese Students in the United States
Studying abroad is popular among college students in Nepal. The major overseas destinations for Nepalese students are the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. The number of Nepalese students studying in the U.S. has increased in...
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Vol. 8, No. 2, April

Monetizing State Services to the Poor: Intentional Analysis of Three Latin-American Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Latin America, according to some scholars, is in the midst of "a new historical moment" (Kaltwasser. 2011, p. 228) described as "post-neoliberal" (Grugel & Riggirozzi, 2012; Kaltwasser, 2011). In response to the widening inequality and high levels...
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Contesting the Political Economy of Higher Education: Educating the Good Citizen
Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge Dr. Matthew Piscioneri's (School of Media, Film & Journalism, Monash University) contribution to the final review and editing process of the paper. Higher education literature, policy statements, and...
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Entrapment as a Threat to Community Peace in the Global War on Terror: An Analysis of Discourse in Local Press
We walk around with media-generated images of the world, using them to construct meaning about political and social issues. The lens through which we receive these images is not neutral but evinces the power and point of view of the political and economic...
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Vol. 8, No. 1, November

Flag Politics in Ethiopia and the Ethio-American Diaspora
Every summer, the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) holds a tournament that brings together 30 affiliated soccer clubs, involving more than 800 players and coaches from the Ethiopian diaspora in the United States and Canada. Thousands...
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Political Polarization and Nisman's Death: Competing Conspiracy Theories in Argentina
On January 18, 2015, Natalio Alberto Nisman was found dead in an apartment in Puerto Madero, Argentina. He had been shot once in the right temple, and a .22 caliber handgun was found with the body. Nisman had been the lead prosecutor of the bombing...
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Boko Haram Terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin Region: Implications for Subregional Security
The global incidence of terrorism has increased alarmingly since September 11, 2001. The concerted efforts embarked upon by the international community to ensure its elimination have been noted but have hitherto proved inadequate. This increase is...
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Transformation in Lifelong Education in Thailand
A key conceptual framework highlighted in the National Education Act B.E 2542 is aimed at the full development and potential of the people of Thailand, who constitute the major force of the country, so as to attain balanced development in all respects--physical...
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Vol. 7, No. 2, April

Monetizing State Services to the Poor: Intentional Analysis of Three Latin-American Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Latin America, according to some scholars, is in the midst of "a new historical moment" (Kaltwasser. 2011, p. 228) described as "post-neoliberal" (Grugel & Riggirozzi, 2012; Kaltwasser, 2011). In response to the widening inequality and high levels...
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Contesting the Political Economy of Higher Education: Educating the Good Citizen
Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge Dr. Matthew Piscioneri's (School of Media, Film & Journalism, Monash University) contribution to the final review and editing process of the paper. Higher education literature, policy statements, and...
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Entrapment as a Threat to Community Peace in the Global War on Terror: An Analysis of Discourse in Local Press
We walk around with media-generated images of the world, using them to construct meaning about political and social issues. The lens through which we receive these images is not neutral but evinces the power and point of view of the political and economic...
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Introduction
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Vol. 7, No. 1, November

Faith Based Organizations and the Neoliberal State: Creating Resistance in Northern Argentina
During an election campaign in 1995, President Carlos Menem paid a visit to a small city in northwestern Argentina. More than a year later, his comments there still provoked irritation and even outrage among many people in the north. My friend Betty,...
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Outgroup Prejudice from an Evolutionary Perspective: Survey Evidence from Europe
"The tabula of human nature was never rasa, and is now being read." W.D. Hamilton Why are some individuals prejudiced against outgroups, while others are tolerant? When answering this question, the social psychology literature emphasizes various...
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Being Muslim, Being Cosmopolitan: Transgressing the Liberal Global
The rights and duties bestowed upon citizens are dynamic, diverse, and often contested but are ultimately defined by a relationship with a state. Under the regime of the modern state, the concept and practice of citizenship is universalized as both...
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Cosmopolitanism and Pancultural Universals: Our Common Denominator and an Anthropologically Based Cosmopolitanism
In view of worldwide interaction between members of different cultures, there is an increasing demand for research that empirically inquires into what constitutes the unity of humankind. What is at stake is the development of some form of humanism...
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Is Political Evolution over? an Anthropological Analysis of the Twentieth Century
When humans have trouble getting along, the easiest solution is avoidance. At the group level, this leads to splitting. Thus, even a religious commitment to brotherly love does not necessarily prevent groups from splitting when conditions allow it....
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Vol. 6, No. 2, April

Introduction
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Whom Do You Trust? Doubt and Conspiracy Theories in the 2009 Influenza Pandemic
In May 2009, an outbreak of influenza (A-H1N1) began in southern Mexico (possibly Veracruz) and, by June, had spread globally. (1) While this viral strain soon replaced other forms of influenza A--at first appearing to provide sizeable threat--the...
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From "The Silent Spring" to the Globalization of the Environmental Movement
The world has enough to meet everyone's need but not everyone's greed.--Gandhi The Environment is humanity's first right.--Ken Saro-Wiwa Environmental degradation is one of the small numbers of key issues that have been truly global as it has...
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Asian International Students' College Experience: Relationship between Quality of Personal Contact and Gains in Learning
In 2013, the majority of international students at American colleges and universities (64.16 percent of the total 819,644 international students) came from Asia (Institute of International Education [IIE], 2013). In that year, students from the top...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, November

Introduction
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Integrating Microstates into Cross-National Research: An Exploratory Analysis
Introduction The literature in both comparative politics and international relations relies heavily on states that, on one measure or another, are considered politically or economically influential. Terms like "great power" and "middle power" abound...
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Important Components Needed in Today's Global Society from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
Global Competence and Culture Numerous international educators (American Council on International Intercultural Education (ACIIE) and the Stanley Foundation, 1997; Bennett, 1993; Chen & Starosta, 2000, Deardorff, 2004; Hett, 1993; Hunter, 2004;...
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The State as a Person?: Anthropomorphic Personification vs. Concrete Durational Being
Inscribing a corporate personality into the substance of the state is a tradition as old as international relations. Thucydides refers to city-states with feminine possessive pronouns, merging the plural persons that represent the citizens into a singularity...
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The Transnational Political Involvement of Nigerian Immigrants in New York City: Motivations, Means and Constraints
Introduction There is a growing recognition among migration scholars that immigrants increasingly maintain links to their homelands, and that these multiple ties have important consequences for both their sending and receiving countries. Transnational...
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Negotiating Development: Valuation of a Guesthouse Project in Southern Guinea-Bissau
Economic development discourse remains tied up in a debate between practice and critical theory. Jeffrey H. Cohen and Norbert Dannhaeuser summarily submit, "We [in anthropology] are left with a divided setting where anthropologists take stands either...
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Politics of Technoscapes: Algorithms of Social Inclusion & Exclusion in a Global City
The Changing Sociality of Social Media The number of the people using some kind of social media is 1.73 billion, up almost 50 million from last year. This means, worldwide, one in four people is connected to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr,...
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The African Union and the Conflict in Mali: Extra-Regional Influence and the Limitations of a Regional Actor
It is the contention of this paper that France's late intervention (after the troops of African led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) were overrun) significantly weakened a proactive response to the conflict. The same resources used by...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, April

Introduction
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"States of Emergency": Armed Youths and Mediations of Islam in Northern Nigeria
On November 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of State labeled Boko Haram and a splinter group, Ansaru, operating in northern Nigeria, "foreign terrorist organizations" with links to al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). This designation is debatable,...
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Assessing the Need for Graduate Global Education Programs in the United States
International and Global Education Dolby and Rahman (2008) described international education as "an umbrella" that covers the internationalization of higher education, (1) the expansion of international schools, and the globalization of education....
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Cross-Institutional and Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Curriculum for Global Engagement: Emerging Perspectives and Concerns
Global engagement in current higher education (HE) agendas within Australia (and overseas) has multiple applications and is typically located as one part of a more general strategy to internationalization. The terms "global engagement" and "global...
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The Power of Uncertainty: The Neoliberal Quest for Profit in Spain
As early as 2008, some voices started to point to the fact that Spain was at the threshold of a severe economic crisis: not having its own currency to devaluate on the international market (i.e. externally) and, as such, no ability to refloat exports,...
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South Africa in the BRICS: Soft Power Balancing and Instrumentalization
South Africa has become an active participant in the current period of transition in the global balance of power and has strategically positioned itself with other emerging powers in opposition to the traditional powers. South Africa's membership in...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, November

Transitional Justice: Prioritizing Truth Commissions or International Tribunals to Ensure Healing and Reconciliation
"A wrong is something that ought not to exist and calls to be obliterated. If anyone is able to remove it, he is obligated to do so or the wrong will also be partly his." Wolgast, 1987 Introduction Wolgast's message underpins the strong moral...
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Political Participation of the Indian Diaspora in the USA
Introduction From the trials and tribulations of the pioneering Indians from the Punjab region, who traveled to the West Coast of the US in the late 19th to early 20th century, to the mobilizing of funds and votes to support candidates in the US...
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Developing Paradise: Tourism, the Local Community, and Nature in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Introduction Tourism is one of the leading sectors of economic development in the Caribbean. More dramatically, the Caribbean is also the world's most tourism-dependent regional economy. The industry's total economic impact in the region is indeed...
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Transnational Policy Networks in Global Water Governance in India
Introduction Knowledge of public policy is socially relevant and forms an important agenda for the democratic functioning of a nation. In order to understand policy that so greatly affects and touches the daily lives of millions of people, it is...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, April

Global Carbon-and-Conservation Models, Global Eco-States? Ecuador's Yasuni-ITT Initiative and Governance Implications
Introduction: Globalization of Environmental Services, 'Carbon Colonies', and the State The twenty-first century marks a beginning of new globalized conservation approaches between multi-national actors and the state, in an attempt to mitigate the...
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Biopiracy and Vaccines: Indonesia and the World Health Organization's New Pandemic Influenza Plan
Introduction Influenza poses some nearly unique issues in global health governance. The global community is haunted by the memory of 1918, when perhaps as many as 100 million people died during a major influenza pandemic. Despite the continued circulation...
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The Emergence of the BRICS-Implications for Global Governance
Introduction Since the mid-1990s, a gradually expanding literature has evolved on the evolution of regional powers that appear to pose a challenge to the current global order. Countries such as China, India, Russia, and Brazil (and to some extent...
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Deprivation and Resistance: Environmental Crisis, Political Action, and Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta since the 1980s
Background and Conceptual Framework Since the early 1970s, the oil producing enclave of the Niger Delta has been one of the most intensely polluted areas of the world. The pollution, along with severe environmental degradation, has largely been...
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Iberian Globalization and the Rise of Catholic Theology of Religions in the XVI Century
Introduction On September 5, 2000, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's chief doctrinal officer, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and his Secretary, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, then Cardinal Secretary of State, presented a major document emphatically...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, November

Neoliberal Globalization and the Politics of Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa
Introduction For a number of decades now, scholars of globalization have taken the post-Cold War repartitioning of the globe along a north-south axis as a basic framework for understanding global movements of capital, commodities, and people. Much...
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State Sponsored Famine: Conceptualizing Politically Induced Famine as a Crime against Humanity
Introduction Savage images of emaciated African children (and, to a less frequent extent, Asian children) on television screens and in news magazines evoke strong emotions. These images are meant to stimulate profound human emotions and encourage...
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Diplomacy and Cosmopolitanism in a Globalized World
The Diplomat as an Actor in the Globalized World Globalization is a key word of our times and an issue for the day to day life. The question is not whether this leads to less or more culture, but how the contact between cultures is possible, for...
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Global Journeys: From Transnationalism to Diaspora
Global Journeys: From Transnationalism to Diaspora Advances in information technology, increased accessibility to communication via the internet, and more affordable modes of transportation have facilitated the rapid mobility of information, capital,...
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Globalization and Shanghai Model: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis
Introduction Economic globalization has been a hot topic among scholars since the 1980s. Debates have never stopped over the advantages and disadvantages of economic globalization for the world, particularly for the developing countries. Some scholars...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, April

The Sinkholes of Global Finance: Racialization and Cosmopolitanism among Financial Elites in Malaysia
Introduction Arbitrage as the core practice in finance today serves, figuratively and literally, to bring into alignment disparate formations. Sociologist Ronald Burt argues that brokering across the structural holes between networks that do not...
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Senate Voting on the Strategic Defense Initiative: The Impact of the 1991 Gulf War
Background Conventional wisdom argues that a congressman's vote on defense issues can be predicted based on both his political ideology (which is presumed to directly shape personal opinion) and the potential benefit to his state. Most research,...
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International Security, Development, and Human Rights: Policy Conversion or Conflict?
Introduction The past two decades have witnessed a gradually changing paradigm in academic and policy debates regarding the questions of the normative basis of world order and possibilities for tackling imminent threats to security and peace (i.e....
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Returning to the Homeland: The Migratory Patterns between Brazil and Japan for Japanese-Brazilians
Introduction Migration researchers have examined the causes and impacts of migration but have unfortunately often overlooked the reasons that individuals return to their home countries (de Haas, 2010). Although migration is often politicized within...
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Islamization as Part of Globalization: Some Southeast Asian Examples
Introduction Although academic discourse does not entirely ignore the place of Muslims in globalization (Roy, 2004, Lukens-Bull, 2000; 2005, Samad, 2008; Moghadam, 2008), popular discourse in both the West and (in our opinion, more importantly),...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, November

Cultural Traditions and the Treatment of Freeriders
Introduction Explaining the treatment of freeriders--those who reap the benefits of collective action in social and economic exchanges while paying few or none of the costs--is the current focus of much research. When people cannot be excluded from...
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Neoliberal Dispositif and the Rise of Fundamentalism: The Case of Pakistan
There is tendency in the metropolitan Western scholarship about Islam to capture the figure of the fundamentalist in its presence as a fully realized subject of its own will by foreclosing any discussion of the material conditions that construct such...
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Current Economic Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Introduction While there are many countries in Southeastern Europe with economic and historical backgrounds similar to that of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), the complexity of the economic and political structures integral to a nation created...
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Martin Parr in Mexico: Does Photographic Style Translate?
Introduction English documentary photographer Martin Parr has a knack for finding the absurd in everyday life, and he records his observations with his camera. His view of the world is colorful--a hyper-rich kaleidoscope of colors representing the...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, April

Market-Led Development versus Basic Needs: Common Property and the Common Good in St. Lucia
Introduction This paper introduces a critical perspective on the failure of contemporary development policies that have focused on foreign direct investment within the arena of the international market to provide employment, economic security, and...
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Toward a Cosmopolitical Democracy: Process over Ends
Introduction Nor that we should avoid the problems of "global" order. On the contrary, we must turn precisely in the direction of a neo-Stoic cosmopolitanism, with ideals of tolerance and resignation to the bureaucratic requirements implicit in...
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Mass Communications as a Vehicle to Lure Russian Emigres Homeward
Short history of Russian Emigration in the mid-20th century In the 20th century, the migration of Russians to lands outside the borders of "Rodina," as the Russian motherland is called, is discerned to have four distinct peaks. The first wave of...
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The Migrant Making Organization Gender, Labor and Agency in a New Migration Process
Introduction Labor migration is increasing in scale and diversity: new countries are involved, migration streams are becoming more complex, labor migration (including the use of short-term contracts is rising), and the number of female migrants...
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Global Transmission and Local Consumption: Navajo Resistance to Mainstream American Television
Native responses to the Impact of Television: Navajo Resistance to Mainstream American Television Marshall McLuhan prophesied the worldwide coalescence of human awareness into a single community that he would call the "global village." According...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, November

All Roads Lead to Najaf: Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani's Quiet Impact on Iraq's 2010 Ballot and Its Aftermath
Introduction Walking through the dusty streets of Najaf's old city center, it is easy to overlook the alley that houses the modest dwelling of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani. The lack of external grandeur belies the fact that this is the...
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Migration and Transculturation in the Digital Age: A Framework for Studying the "Space Between"
Introduction One of the ongoing challenges confronting researchers on issues of migration is that of clarifying appropriate and stable guiding constructs in a field that is itself in rapid motion. In the span of a few decades, the scale of human...
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Student Teaching Abroad Inter-Group Outcomes: A Comparative, Country-Specific Analysis
Introduction Background Our nation's schools continue their inexorable demographic march toward greater student diversity, even as their parallel march toward teacher and administrator diversity remains virtually locked in place. Accreditation...
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Collaborative Researchers or Cold Warriors? the Origins, Activities, and Legacy of the Smithsonian's Institute of Social Anthropology
International research collaboration is increasingly popular, forging new links across nations, institutions, disciplines, and other boundaries. A recent study examining co-authored refereed articles in the sciences between 1990 and 2005, for example,...
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Impact of EU's Decisions on Euro-Skepticism of a Turkish Religious Peripheral Party, Felicity Party
Introduction Turkey's prospective EU membership has captured significant attention and sparked a serious debate in Europe for the past several years. In spite of Turkey's large Muslim population, geographic size, level of economic development, and...
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Cross-Cultural Professional Development for Teachers within Global Imbalances of Power
Introduction In countries which are recipients of international aid, educational systems reflect colonial legacies through varying degrees of marginalization, forced assimilation, and cultural deficit models of schooling. Thus, the literature cited...
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Vol. 1, No. 2, April

A Multi-Disciplinary Overview of Chagas in Perturban Peru
What is Chagas Disease? Chagas, like other neglected tropical diseases, is generally found among marginalized populations in poor countries. Indeed, individuals infected with the disease tend to earn lower incomes, suffer from chronic malnourishment,...
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Theorizing Impending Peripheries: Postindustrial Landscapes at the Edge of Hyper-Modernity's Collapse
Ephemeral Industrializations Whether we are talking about collapsing mining complexes (Ferguson, 1999; Vaccaro, 2006), plantation economies suffering the vagaries of the market (Mandle, 1974; Wiley, 2008), decapitalized industrial farming economies...
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Within-Group Ethnic Differences of Black Male STEM Majors and Factors Affecting Their Persistence in College
Introduction In the United States, the economic, social, and educational status of Black males is in serious jeopardy. Research has shown that Black males have high mortality and substance abuse rates, low educational attainment, and low potential...
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The Poetics of the Ancestor Songs of the Tz'utujil Maya of Guatemala
The poetics of the ancestor songs of the Tz'utujil Maya of Guatemala This essay attempts to define the relationship between a song tradition that survives in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala and 16th century poetic Mayan literature. The comparison...
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Decisive Thaw: The Changing Pattern of Relations between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, 1980-2005
Introduction Relations between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea took a turn in the 1980s. Dramatic changes in the domestic politics and economies of both countries, as well as developments in the global system, influenced the new pattern of relations....
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The Art of Governing the Self and Others in the Christian Philippines
Introduction One day, an Ibanag-Filipino teacher, Roxanne, was approached by her student's Itawes mother, Eloisa, who was accompanied by Roxanne's niece, the daughter of Roxanne's elder brother. Roxanne's niece is also the god-child (Ibanag/Itawes:...
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Mastering the Midas Touch: The Indo-Trinidadian Diaspora in North America and England, 1967-2007
This article will assess the diasporic experiences and adjustment of Indo-Trinidadian immigrants in the post-Independence era. The displaced Indo-Trinidadians residing in North America and Britain were challenged to define themselves in relation to...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, November

The Cultural Effects of the Narcoeconomy in Rural Mexico
Introduction This essay analyzes the cultural effects of the penetration of the narcoeconomy into a seemingly pedestrian, rural community in the West-Central Mexican state of Michoacan. It builds upon and updates ethnographic work that explored...
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Planning for Internationalization by Investing in Faculty
Introduction Over the last half century, major world events have prompted higher education institutions to develop internationalization plans. As historian Frederick Rudolph (1977) noted, after World War II, higher education leaders turned their...
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Population, Rural Development, and Land Use among Settler Households in an Agricultural Frontier in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve
Introduction Achieving a balance between human welfare and environmental integrity is a sustainable development conundrum worldwide. In order to meet food demand over time, the world is faced with important trade-offs relative to rural development...
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Nuclear Proliferation and Authority in World Politics
Introduction Efforts by North Korea and Iran to acquire nuclear weapons threaten the authority of global nonproliferation rules. A nuclear North Korea could trigger further nuclear proliferation in South Korea and Japan. A nuclear Iran might encourage...
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Islam, Cultural Hybridity and Cosmopolitanism: New Muslim Intellectuals on Globalization
Introduction: New Muslim intellectuals Since the late 1960s, the cultural-religious heritage of the Islamic world has witnessed a growing re-appreciation among its inhabitants. Rapidly spreading disenchantment with secular political ideologies in...
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Nepal's Civil War and Its Economic Costs
Introduction This paper examines some macroeconomic effects and opportunity costs of increases in security spending by the Nepalese government to finance its war against the Maoist rebellion that began in 1996. Since that time, sharp increases in...
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