2013 Review Of [Some] Global Research

As 2013 draws to a close, we thought it would be a good time to examine some of the academic writing published in the last year that explores global phenomena.

This is not an exhaustive review by any means, but simply a list that reflects some of the articles we’ve come across that may be of interest to those interested in globalization and “the global”.

If you have papers that should be included in this review, please put the citation in the comment section.


Jeff Maskovsky’s Protest Anthropology in a Moment of Global Unrest — published in American Anthropologist — examines what role anthropologists might play in protest movements. He notes this is not a “new” issue to take up, but moves his analysis into how involvement in protests might “push the boundaries of what it means to be an anthropologist”.

Language is the focus of a piece published in International Migration; specifically authors Marietta L. Baba and Carla Dahl-Jørgensen examine how language intersects with labor in Language Policy in Practice: Re-bordering the Nation. Their work focused on the experience of Polish migrants to Norway and how the mastering, or not mastering, Norwegian impacted the jobs the Polish migrants could do. They then situated the Norwegian case within the broader European landscape.

The Annual Review of Anthropology published an article by David Mosse that examined development. In The Anthropology of International Development Mosse traces trends in the anthropological study of development, noting how, and why, approaches have shifted over the years.

The term globalization itself, and its deployment, is the focus of a piece published by American Ethnologist. In Globalization as a discourse of hegemonic crisis: A global systemic analysis Jonathon Friedman and Kajsa Ekhom Friedman note “it is worth considering what it is that is globalized and how much globalization there actually is, not least in contrast to previous historical periods.”


Several articles were published at the International Journal of Communication that explored aspects of the global — among them are Ulrika Olausson’s ‘Theorizing Global Media as Global Discourse‘  and ‘Bonding and Bridging Migrant Workers to Korean Society: A Study of Migrant Workers’ Television as a Counterpublic Sphere‘ from Hun-Yul Lee.

Olausson argues that studies of global media have to move away from their focus on the transnational nature of such media and, instead, explore the ways that the concept of “the global” is discursively constructed. Lee’s article examines the ways that migrant workers in Korea create media to not only connect to one another, but also to attempt to connect with the communities in which they now live.

Lindita Camaj published her article — The Media’s Role in Fighting Corruption: Media Effects on Governmental Accountability — in The International Journal of Press/Politics. Camaj’s work explores the relationship between media freedom and corruption.

Communication, Culture, & Critique features a piece authored by Spring-Serenity Duvall and Matthew C. Guschwan. Commodifying Global Activism and Racial Unity During the 2010 FIFA World Cup focuses on the way the NIKE(RED) campaign commodified activist identities “through myths of postracial harmony.”


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In Clusters, Connectivity and Catch-up: Bollywood and Bangalore in the Global Economy, published by the Journal of Economic Geography, authors Mark Lorenzen and Ram Mudambi “propose that global linkages with decentralized network structures have the highest potential for local spillovers.”

Riccardo Bellofiore’s ‘Two or three things I know about her’: Europe in the global crisis and heterodox economies examines the creation of the euro against of the backdrop of the most recent financial crisis and suggests a way out. It was published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics.

The Review of Economics and Statistics published an article exploring global trade. In the study — Is Protectionism on the Rise? Assessing National Trade Policies during the Crisis of 20o8 — co-authors Hiau Looi Kee, Cristina Neagu, and Alessandro Nicita found that, largely, protectionist policies had not been put in place by most countries. Although there were a handful that had increased import tariffs.


Global and regional mortality from 235 cases of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 is a multi-author piece published in The Lancet. The mammoth undertaking sought to understand what the leading causes of death are and how that’s changed.

The New England Journal of Medicine began a series in January exploring global health issues. The first article, Global Health — Disease Eradication by Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, examines the obstacles to disease eradication and notes that “Political instability and insecurity, which are usually outside the realm of public health professionals and can be avoided in a program designed to control disease, are inescapable challenges in an eradication program.”

Aging as a global public health challenge: From complexity reduction to aid effectiveness was published in Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. Authors Daniel E. Esser and Patricia S. Ward argue that a homogenizing idea of what aging is like has been applied to the Global South, hampering resource mobilization. They examine the different ways aging is experienced at the regional and local level.


The issue of race is examined in an article published in Sociology. Authors Nasar Meer and Anoop Nayak examine how race is studied in sociology in Race Ends Where? Race, Racism and Contemporary Sociology. The article is the introduction to a special issue on the topic, with the authors writing that “Working through a matrix of relations including gender, class, age, ethnicity, sexuality and locality, the algebra of race can be refigured across time and space.”

In For a postcolonial sociology author Julian Go argues that bringing postcolonial theory into North American sociology allows for a sociology that examines how social units are created via interaction. The article was published in Theory and Society: Renewal and Critique in Social Theory.

The “global land rush” is at the center of an article published in Rural Sociology. In People, Power, and Land: New Enclosures on a Global Scale co-authors Charles Geisler and Fouad Makki introduce a series of articles on the topic, noting that “New enclosures are erasing cultural practices, collective memories, and social ecologies that for centuries connected social reproduction to seasons, natural cycles, and the organic rhythms of human existence.”

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