Teaching A Class On Global Issues?

We’ve got some recommendations.

As  you prep for classes on international or global issues for the coming school year, we thought we’d share some books and readings we’ve found useful over the years.

Of course, our first recommendation is the Framing the Global volume. The book is an introduction to our interdisciplinary approach to the field as well as to the work of our Framing the Global Fellows.


Chalkboard in Nepal. Image via World Bank (Flickr Creative Commons).

By the time school starts the under construction Teaching section of our site should offer a number of approaches to teaching the text, as well as activities and supplementary resources.

Anthropologists might also find a book published by Framing the Global Director Hilary Kahn of interest. In Seeing and Being Seen — The Q’eqchi’ Maya of Livingston, Guatemala, and Beyond, Kahn explores issues of identity and morality through the politics of site.

Kahn’s book is based on ethnographic research and another work on our suggested readings list also concerns ethnography.

Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections, Imaginations in a Postmodern World, explores the ways in which sociology might begin to develop a “ground globalization” methodological approach to research. The product of three years of work by nine different researchers, the book explores the spaces between the global and the local — among the book’s authors is Framing Fellow Zsuzsa Gille.

If you’re interested in other works our Fellows have published that may be useful in your classrooms, check out this blog post listing some of their research.

I do a lot of work on issues related to globalization and media and two books I’ve found incredibly useful are Shani Orgad’s Media Representation and the Global Imaginary and Marwan Kraidy’s Hybridity, or the Cultural Logic of Globalization. In essence, both books are concerned with how globalizing media help us shape narratives of who we think we are.

Here are some other works you may find of some use:

Appadurai, Arjun (2005) Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. University of Minnesota Press.

Bebbington, Anthony (2003) Global Networks and Local Developments: Agenda for Development Geography.  Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale geografie, 94(3)297-309.

Crichlow, Michaeline; Metzger, Sean; and Northover, Patricia (2009) Race, Space, Place: The Making and Unmaking of Freedoms in the Atlantic World and Beyond. Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics and Power, 21(3)215-222.

Emirbayer, Mustafa (1997)  Manifesto for a relational sociology. The American Journal of Sociology, 103( 2): 281-317.

Hart, Gillian (2002) Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa.  University of California Press.

Massey, Doreen (2004). Geographies of responsibility. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 86(1), pp. 5–18.

Marston, Sallie A;  Jones, John Paul; and Woodward, Keith (2005) Human Geography without Scale.  Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 30(4):416-432.

Meyer, John W; John Boli, George Thomas; and Ramirez, Francisco (1997) World Society and the Nation-State. AJS, 103(1):144-81.

Miller, Daniel (2011) Tales from Facebook. Polity.

Nordstrom, Carolyn (2007) Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World.  University of California Press.

Ong, Aihwa (2006) Neoliberalism as a mobile technology. Transactions, 32:3-8.

Rockefeller, Stuart Alexander (2011) Flow. Current Anthropology, 52(4)557-578.

Sassen, Saskia (2006) Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages.  Princeton University Press.

Shaw, Martin (2003) The Global Transformation of the Social Sciences, in The Global Civil Society Yearbook. M. Kaldor et al., eds.  London Sage.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt (2005) Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connections.  Princeton University Press.

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