Global Issues: An Introduction / Edition 3

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Overview

Global Issues, Third Edition is an introduction to many of the most important environmental, economic, social, and political concerns of modern life.
  • Offers a unified perspective on a complex range of global issues in a variety of societies, both developed and developing
  • Includes new sections on foreign aid and development assistance, terrorism, the relationship between geography and wealth and poverty, food and the overweight, and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Features an updated and expanded section on climate change, as well as a new glossary
  • Illustrates key topics and issues with diagrams and photographs
  • Provides guides to further reading, media, and internet resources, and suggestions for discussing and studying the material
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The new edition is adequately updated to cover significant developments in each of these fields, including an expanded section on global warming and a new section on the UN's Millennium Development Goals." (Geographical Journal, 2009)
From the Publisher
"This is a very interesting book. On the one hand its range of titles suggests little out of the ordinary. On the other hand its treatment of the subject matter and the very restrained use of language make it an ideal book to use for discussions on these issues. It doesn't try to preach neither does it over-simplify. Even though the text appears to be pitched at an older audience, lower secondary students would find the text accessible. For a good overview on the pros and cons of key current issues this book is hard to beat." TEGNews

"University students, and indeed others, are shown how both the decisions that have been made - and the resulting failures and successes - and the choices that must now be faced if crucial problems are to be solved." Mervyn Richardson, International Journal of Environmental Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405154970
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Seitz is Professor Emeritus of Government at Wofford College. He earned a BA and MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He has extensive first-hand experience of South Korea, Iran, Brazil, Liberia, and Pakistan.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates.

List of Figures and Tables.

Foreword.

Introduction: The Creation of Global Issues.

Part 1: Wealth and Poverty:.

The Millennium Development Goals.

Development Assistance and Foreign Aid.

The Market Approach.

The State Approach.

The Civil Society Approach.

Geography and Wealth, Geography and Poverty.

Globalization.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Part II: Population:.

The Changing Population of the World.

Causes of the Population Explosion.

How Population Growth Affects Development.

How Development Affects Population Growth.

Governmental Population Policies.

The Future.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Part III: Food:.

World Food Production.

How Many are Hungry?.

Causes of World Hunger.

How Food Affects Development.

How Development Affects Food.

The Green Revolution.

Governmental Food Policies.

Future Food Supplies.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Part IV: Energy:.

The Energy Crisis.

Responses by Governments to the Energy Crisis.

The Effect of the Energy Crisis on the Development Plans of Less Developed Nations.

The Relationship between Energy Use and Development.

Climate Change.

The Energy Transition.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Part V: The Environment:.

The Awakening.

The Air.

The Water.

The Land.

The Workplace and the Home.

The Use of Natural Resources.

The Extinction of Species.

The Extinction of Cultures.

Environmental Politics.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Part VI: Technology:.

Benefits of Technology.

Short-Term versus Long-Term Benefits -- the Tragedy of the Commons.

Unanticipated Consequences of the Use of Technology.

Inappropriate Uses of Technology.

Limits to the “Technological Fix”.

War.

The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: A Case Study.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Part VII: Alternative Futures:.

Doom.

Growth.

Sustainable Development.

Conclusions.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Appendix 1: Studying and Teaching Global Issues.

Appendix 2: Relevant Videos.

Appendix 3: Study and Discussion Questions for Students and Teachers.

Appendix 4: Relevant Internet Websites.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index

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