Framing the Global is focused on developing innovative approaches that will generate new knowledge, explain global phenomena, and provide means of tracing and exploring the transnational linkages that are too often left out of Global Studies. The project produces new scholarship about how to conduct global research that is applicable to a variety of lived, political, discursive, cultural, public, private, and academic contexts.
A book series, published by Indiana University Press, that examines global research from a number of different entry points has been developed to communicate this new scholarship to the academic community. Series authors include Framing the Global fellows as well as other scholars who are exploring aspects of globalization in their work.
Michael Peter Smith, of University of California, Davis, called our first book “[A] stimulating and well-researched book that clearly makes a contribution to scholarship in global studies. . . . [O]ffers a wide variety of ways to conceptualize, represent, and investigate, or, as its title suggests, ‘frame’ the global.”
You can read an excerpt from the Framing the Global volume here: Framing the Global Introduction.
Framing the Global explores new and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of global issues. Essays are framed around the entry points or key concepts that have emerged in each contributor’s engagement with global studies in the course of empirical research, offering a conceptual toolkit for global research in the 21st century.
Michael Mascarenhas considers how new global networks transforming the politics and power dynamics of humanitarian policy and practice using water management projects in India and Rwanda as case studies. Mascarenhas analyzes the complex web of agreements —both formal and informal—that are made between businesses, governments, and aid organizations, as well as the contradictions that arise when capitalism meets humanitarianism.
Deirdre McKay considers what migrant workers must do to navigate their way in a global marketplace. She argues that these workers gain resilience from the bonding networks they construct for themselves through social media, faith groups, and community centers. These networks generate an elaborate “archipelago of care” through which migrants create their sense of self.
Zsuzsa Gille analyzes how practices of production and consumption were affected by the proliferation of new standards and regulations that came with entry into the EU. She identifies a new modality of power—the materialization of politics, or achieving political goals with the seemingly apolitical tools of tinkering with technology and infrastructure—and elucidates a new approach to understanding globalization, materiality, and transnational politics
Faranak Miraftab shows how the local meat-processing plant workforce is produced for the global labor market; how the displaced workers’ transnational lives help them stay in these jobs; and how they negotiate their relationships with each other across the lines of ethnicity, race, language, and nationality as they make a new home. Focusing on a locality in a non-metropolitan region, this work offers a fresh perspective on politics and materialities of placemaking.
Fan Yang traces the interactions between nation branding and counterfeit culture. Nation branding is a state-sanctioned policy that aims to transform China from a manufacturer of foreign goods into a nation that creates its own IPR-eligible brands. Counterfeit culture is the transnational making, selling, and buying of unauthorized products. This cultural dilemma of the postsocialist state demonstrates the unequal relations of power that persist in contemporary globalization.
Tim Bartley and co-authors present an informative introduction to global production and ethical consumption, tracing the links between consumers’ choices and the practices of multinational producers and retailers. Case studies of several types of products—wood and paper, food, apparel and footwear, and electronics—are used to reveal what lies behind voluntary rules and to critique predominant assumptions about ethical consumption as a form of political expression.
Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows individual activists from the transnational protests against globalization of the early 2000s through the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching — an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country’s youth. This book is a companion to the documentary by the same name.