Global Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Global Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Shirley A. Fedorak

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ISBN-13: 9781442605985
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Shirley A. Fedorak has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and the American College of Cairo. She now lives in Penang, Malaysia where she continues to write.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Author Profile
Acknowledgements
To the Instructor
Introduction

Part I: Cultural Imperialism and Human Rights

1. Purdah: Is the practice of female seclusion and wearing hijab oppressive to women or an expression of their identity?
2. Female Circumcision: Is this practice a violation of human rights or a cherished cultural tradition?
3. International Aid: What benefits do NGOs provide developing countries and how can their presence generate new challenges?
4. Population Growth: Is the world over-populated and should governments have the right to control birthrates?

Part II: Culture Change and Changing Identities

5. Heritage Languages: Are they an endangered species?
6. Body Image: How does body image affect identity and status, and how has the transnational flow of Western ideals of beauty impacted other cultures?
7. Same-Sex Marriage: What are the socio-economic, religious, and political implications of same-sex marriage and changing family structure?
8. Social Media: What is its role in socio-political revolution?
9. Global Nomads: Do Third Culture Kids own a national identity?

Part III: Economic, Political, and Social Conflict

10. Food Security: What are the economic and political determinants of food security and the global implications of world hunger?
11. Ethnic Conflicts: What are the underlying reasons and the consequences of these conflicts?
12. Human Migration: What are the socio-economic and political implications of the transnational flow of people?
13. Global Conflict: Is the world safer because of military intervention, and what are the consequences of militarism?

Conclusion
Glossary
Lesson Plans and Websites
References
Index

What People are Saying About This

Thomas W. Zeiler

Fedorak's Global Issues pulls back the veil on cultural stereotypes by exploring familiar concepts long shaped by prejudice, ignorance, the media, and politics, while analyzing that very veil itself. This collection is a pedagogical tour de force that succeeds, above all, in illuminating highly charged issues in an impressively balanced way.

Hilary E. Kahn

By taking on complicated and controversial issues, the author encourages readers to ask critical questions and consider complex phenomena from multiple perspectives. Global Issues can be used in classrooms to introduce relevant topics, stimulate classroom discussions, and promote student connections to the many contexts and voices that give meaning to the world.

From the Publisher

By taking on complicated and controversial issues, the author encourages readers to ask critical questions and consider complex phenomena from multiple perspectives. Global Issues can be used in classrooms to introduce relevant topics, stimulate classroom discussions, and promote student connections to the many contexts and voices that give meaning to the world.

Fedorak's Global Issues pulls back the veil on cultural stereotypes by exploring familiar concepts long shaped by prejudice, ignorance, the media, and politics, while analyzing that very veil itself. This collection is a pedagogical tour de force that succeeds, above all, in illuminating highly charged issues in an impressively balanced way.

Refreshing and well-balanced, this textbook does not shy away from controversial topics in international and global studies. It offers students the tools to understand, engage, and critically analyze complex issues of an international nature, while making those issues relate to everyday life.

Jean Michel Montsion

Refreshing and well-balanced, this textbook does not shy away from controversial topics in international and global studies. It offers students the tools to understand, engage, and critically analyze complex issues of an international nature, while making those issues relate to everyday life.

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