Entry Points


The scholars who are taking part in the Framing the Global project are looking to unsettle the dichotomies those engaged in global research sometimes find themselves caught in; they seek to challenge traditional approaches to the study of “the global” by adopting what they call a “grounded” approach to global studies; they seek to engage scholars in the social sciences as well as the humanities who study aspects of globalization.


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Instead of focusing on a phenomena or on a particular aspect of those dichotomies — such as the local vs. the global for instance — the Framing the Global Fellows use entry points to begin their exploration of experiences of globalization.

From the Framing the Global volume:

“Our use of entry points works toward correcting various misconceptions, including the impression that global studies is not sufficiently moored in the real lives and social meanings of people and practices. Though we recognize that the global is neither all-encompassing nor linear, meaning the it has its limits, both physical and metaphoric, we are also aware that the global is found in intimate practices, personalities, and performances. They global is not only anchored in the broader regulatory frameworks, standards, and rules that structure our lives, but it is also embodied in essential aspects of our being that may seem to have nothing to do with globalization.”

In the book, each chapter serves as an introduction to the various entry points the Fellows are using to anchor their exploration of the global.

The fellows have also contributed material to this site they think would be useful to individuals planning on using the Framing the Global volume in their classrooms.

On the following pages you will find definitions for key terms the scholars use in their work, discussion questions they think could be useful in stirring up student conversation and debate, lists of other scholars they have found fruitful for their work, various media they feel help people understand their particular entry point, as well as suggestions for how chapters from the Framing the Global volume might be taught together.

If you choose to use the book in your class, we’d love to hear what worked for you.