In addition to exploring competing conceptions of globalization, the book reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field of global studies, with coverage of such topics as the nation–state system, international organizations, human rights, the global environment, population and consumption, infectious diseases, gender, global media, war, conflict, and peace. A variety of enhanced features throughout the text help illustrate the themes presented and stimulate thinking about the topics addressed. Each chapter also contains a listing of further research ideas, academic resources on selected topics, and specific real–world examples.
Drawing on insights from a broad range of disciplines across the social sciences, An Introduction to Global Studies provides readers with a firm and integrated knowledge base to help them gain a better understanding of the multifaceted issues confronting our complex and rapidly changing world.
List of Tables xv
List of Figures xvii
1. Going Global 1
2. Nation–state System 31
3. International Organizations 51
4. Human Rights 87
5. The Natural Environment 122
6. Population and Consumption 161
7. Infectious Disease and Globalization 187
8. The Gendered World 214
9. Information and Communication Technologies 251
10. War and Violent Conflict 290
11. Peace 339
Aran MacKinnon is Professor of History and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics (2004) and numerous scholarly articles as well as co–editor of a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal, Studies in the Social Sciences (2005).
Christy R. Stevens is the University Library′s Information Literacy Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona. She has published several articles focusing on information literacy in the political science and global studies contexts, including articles in Journal of Political Science Education and Reference Services Review.