Legions of athletes gathered from all over the globe for the 2012 Olympics should serve as a visual reminder of just how diverse the world is. This grand international display of talent and patriotism also reminds us of how little we know about some of the countries whose banners we see proudly displayed. For educators and scholars, it should also be a reminder of the globalization of the world economy and the need to prepare students for their future roles in it.
Our publishers offer books on a wide range of topics relating to globalization, world trade and international relations, available through DiverseBooks.net at discount prices. Here are some selections:
Chains of Fortune: Best Practices in Linking Local Women Producers with Global Markets, by Marilyn Carr, $20.25, (List Price: $22.51), Commonwealth Secretariat, March 2005, ISBN: 9780850927986, pp. 180.
While many others have focused on the negative effects of globalization on the world’s poor, especially women, this book examines how the same force could enable women in poverty and broaden economic opportunities for them and their families. The book draws from six case studies by teams of international researchers, three on linking local producers to global markets and three on improving conditions of wageworkers. Concrete examples of policies and programs in place are drawn from a variety of countries, including Ghana, Samoa, Mozambique, South Africa, Bangladesh and India.
Educating Against Extremism, by Lynn Davies, $26.95, (List Price: $29.95), Stylus Publishing, January 2008, ISBN: 9781858564265, pp. 206.
In an age in which extremism, terrorism and religious fundamentalism often have combined to create a vortex of intolerance and violence, the author proposes strategies to educate young people to be politically engaged, critical thinkers. Such strategies are intended to produce citizens who can accept different ideas and relate to others without violence.
Out of the Mainstream by Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches and Armando Guevara Gil, $93.60 (List Price: $104), Earthscan Publications Ltd., June 2012, ISBN: 9781844076765, pp. 384.
Focusing on the Andean Region, this book addresses the ageless struggle over water rights and explores how those rights are contested in the multicultural, global arena. According to the publisher, “This book examines the multi-scale struggles for cultural justice and socio-economic re-distribution that arise as Latin American communities and user federations seek access to water resources and decision-making power regarding their control and management.”
Postcolonial Cultures, by Simon Featherstone, $19.80, (List Price: $22), University of Mississippi Press, co-published with Edinburgh University Press, January 2005, ISBN: 9781578067718, pp. 256.
This is an introduction to the study of postcolonial cultures that covers such topics as nationhood, identity, globalism, gender politics and cultural diversity. They are explored through case studies that focus on postcolonial Britain, India, the Caribbean, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Reducing Poverty, Building Peace, by Coralie Bryant, and Christina Kappaz, $22.46, (List Price: $24.95), Kumarian Press, June 2005, ISBN: 9781565492059, pp. 240.
The authors present an argument for the reduction of poverty as a necessity for achieving global peace. The book combines theory with an examination of approaches that are already working to reduce poverty. Reducing Poverty, Building Peace, “looks at poverty as a universal problem, focusing on all nations both rich and poor,” the publisher says.