Global Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Published: November 2013© 2013
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 256 Pages
Dimensions: 7.50 x 9.25
256 Pages, 7.50 x 9.25 x 0.50 in
Global Issues is a pedagogically rich text that offers a unique way of looking at contemporary issues, such as food security and global conflict, from a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary perspective. By exploring each issue in depth, students gain an applied understanding of more abstract concepts like conflict, globalization, culture, imperialism, human rights, and gender, while the cross-cultural approach encourages students to view the world from outside the Western box.
Designed for introductory-level students in global and international studies, human geography, anthropology, sociology, and development studies, this highly accessible text offers instructors and students a unique way of matching the concepts they learn in the classroom with important issues in the world in which they live and work.
To the Instructor
Part I: Cultural Imperialism and Human Rights
1. Purdah: Is the practice of female seclusion and wearing hijab oppressive to women or an expression of their identity?
2. Female Circumcision: Is this practice a violation of human rights or a cherished cultural tradition?
3. International Aid: What benefits do NGOs provide developing countries and how can their presence generate new challenges?
4. Population Growth: Is the world over-populated and should governments have the right to control birthrates?
Part II: Culture Change and Changing Identities
5. Heritage Languages: Are they an endangered species?
6. Body Image: How does body image affect identity and status, and how has the transnational flow of Western ideals of beauty impacted other cultures?
7. Same-Sex Marriage: What are the socio-economic, religious, and political implications of same-sex marriage and changing family structure?
8. Social Media: What is its role in socio-political revolution?
9. Global Nomads: Do Third Culture Kids own a national identity?
Part III: Economic, Political, and Social Conflict
10. Food Security: What are the economic and political determinants of food security and the global implications of world hunger?
11. Ethnic Conflicts: What are the underlying reasons and the consequences of these conflicts?
12. Human Migration: What are the socio-economic and political implications of the transnational flow of people?
13. Global Conflict: Is the world safer because of military intervention, and what are the consequences of militarism?
Lesson Plans and Websites
Fedorak's Global Issues pulls back the veil on cultural stereotypes by exploring familiar concepts long shaped by prejudice, ignorance, the media, and politics, while analyzing that very veil itself. This collection is a pedagogical tour de force that succeeds, above all, in illuminating highly charged issues in an impressively balanced way. Thomas W. Zeiler, University of Colorado Boulder
Refreshing and well-balanced, this textbook does not shy away from controversial topics in international and global studies. It offers students the tools to understand, engage, and critically analyze complex issues of an international nature, while making those issues relate to everyday life. Jean Michel Montsion, York University
By taking on complicated and controversial issues, the author encourages readers to ask critical questions and consider complex phenomena from multiple perspectives. Global Issues can be used in classrooms to introduce relevant topics, stimulate classroom discussions, and promote student connections to the many contexts and voices that give meaning to the world. Hilary E. Kahn, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University