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globalizationGlobalization, or the trans-national exchange of investments, commodities, people, politics, technologies, and cultures, is both a characteristic of the contemporary world and the culmination of large-scale, long-term social change.  Because of its wide topical spread, no single scholarly discipline, nor geographic focus, can do justice to the understanding of globalization.  Thus globalization provides the quintessential multi-disciplinary object of study.

The Globalization Division of the CSSJ reflects that multidisciplinary character.  Our faculty study a great variety of issues that make up globalization: the historical domination of limited perspectives and the proliferation of new voices in literature; multilateral economic institutions and their changes; community politics and their responses to the global economy; immigrant rights amid political and economic pressure; new learning pedagogies and their ability to articulate diverse cultural knowledge; new constructions of global justice, economic justice and democracy; and new dimensions in trade, agriculture, and immigration policy to name but a few.  Current changes in global political and economic architecture, as well as the increasing power of different geographic regions makes this an exciting and important time to study globalization.   Bringing together faculty from diverse perspectives contributes an interdisciplinary understanding of the disruption, integration, crises, and opportunities resulting from changing configurations of nations and identities.

Representative Publications

  • Ansley, Fran.  2009.  Global Connections and Local Receptions: Latino Immigration to the Southeastern United States, Fran Ansley and Jon Shefner, eds., Knoxville:  University of Tennessee Press.
  • Ansley, Fran.  2008.  Doing Policy from Below: Worker Solidarity and the Prospects for Immigration Reform, 41 Cornell Journal of International Law 101.
  • Blitt, Robert 2008. Babushka Said Two Things-It Will Either Rain or Snow; it Either Will or Will Not”: An Analysis of the Provisions and Human Rights Implications of Russia’s New Law on Nongovernmental Organizations as Told Through Eleven Russian Proverbs 40 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 1
  • Blitt, Robert 2008. How to Entrench a De Facto State Church in Russia: A Guide in Progress BYU L. Rev. 707-778
  • Blitt, Robert 2008. Analysis of the Republic of Tajikistan’s Draft Law “About Freedom of Conscience and Religious Unions” (co-authored with Cole Durham) The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
  • Cano, Luis.  2006.  Intermitente recurrencia: la ciencia ficción y el canon literario en Hispanoamérica.  Buenos Aires: Ediciones Corregidor.
  • Cano, Luis.  2008.  “Túvole que pasar lo que pasole. Textualidad y autoría en ‘Pasión de historia’ de Ana Lydia Vega.  CO-HERENCIA Revista de Humanidades. 5(9): 47 – 62.
  • Cano, Luis.  2006,  “Novela negra, modernismo y revolución en Sombra de la sombra, de Paco Ignacio Taibo II.” CO-HERENCIA Revista de Humanidades 5(3): 73 – 88.
  • Dahms, Harry.  2009.  “Democracy” (vol. 1:43-59) and “Modernity” (vol. 2:  303-20), in Globalization and Security.  An Encyclopedia, ed. Honor Fagan and Ronaldo Munck.  Westport, Conn.:  Praeger.
  • Dahms, Harry.  2008.  “Retheorizing Global Space in Sociology: Towards a New Kind of Discipline,” Pp 88-102 in The Spatial Turn. Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Barney Warf and Santa Arias.  London: Routledge.
  • Dahms, Harry.  2006.  Globalization Between the Cold War and Neo-Imperialism. Current Perspectives in Social Theory.  24: (editor).
  • Dubreil, Sebastien. 2009. Virtual Learning Environments for a Real (Transcultural) Dialogue: Toward New Pedagogies in Culture Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
  • Dubreil, Sebastien. 2006. “Gaining Perspective on Culture Through CALL.” In N. Arnold and L. Ducate (Eds.) Calling on CALL: From Theory and Research to New Directions in Foreign Language Teaching. CALICO Monograph Series Volume 5 (pp. 237-268). San Marcos, TX: CALICO.
  • Handelsman, Michael. 2009 La globalización y sus espejismos.  Encuentros y desencuentros interculturales vistos desde el Sur y el Norte/Globalization and its Apparitions. Intercultural Engagements and Disengagements Seen from the South and the North.  (A collection of essays, fiction and illustrations co-edited with Olaf Berwald).  Quito: Editorial El Conejo.
  • Handelsman, Michael. 2008“Afrocentrism as an Intercultural Force in Ecuador,” Pp. 241-56 in Race, Colonialism and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean, Ed. Jerome Branche.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida.
  • Handelsman, Michael.  2005.  Leyendo la globalización desde la mitad del mundo: identidad y resistencias en el Ecuador. Quito:  Editorial El Conejo,
    [Awarded the “Isabel Tobar Guarderas” prize by the Distrito Metropolitano de Quito for the Best Book Published in 2005 in the social sciences category.]
    [Awarded the Alfred B. Thomas Best Book Award from the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies, 2006.]
  • Heminway, Joan MacLeod. 2011 “Disparate Notions of Fairness: Comparative Insider Trading Regulation in an Evolving Global Landscape” in International Law: Readings on Contemporary Issues and Future Developments.  Sanford R. Silverburg ed.  Westview Press.
  • Heminway, Joan MacLeod.  2006.  Asylum Law and Regulation in the United States (with Amy Lighter) in Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties.  Otis H. Stephens, Jr. & John M. Scheb II eds. Greenwood Press.
  • Jacobs, Becky.  2008.  Pareto Negativity: The Enemy of My Enemy is Not Necessarily My Friend -Latin Leadership, Coalition Building, and Predatory Globalization, St. Thomas Law Review 20:  593.
  • Jacobs, Becky.  2005.  Brazil’s Agricultural Trade War: Success and Failure on the Southern Route to Antarctica, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. 36:167.
  • Jacobs, Becky.  2004.  Policy and Praxis: A Role for LatCrit Institutional-Class Analysis in Latin American Judicial Reform, Florida Journal of International Law.  16:601.
  • Klenk, Rebecca M. (under revision). “Gandhi’s Other Daughter: Sarala Devi and Lakshmi Ashram.” Journal of Women’s History.
  • Klenk, Rebecca M. (2004).  “Seeing Ghosts”, Ethnography 5(2): 229-47.
  • Klenk, Rebecca M. (2004).  “‘Who is the Developed Woman?’  Women in Development Discourse, Kumaon, India.” Development and Change 35(1): 57-78.
  • Reidy, David. 2012. “On the Human Right to Democracy: Searching for Sense Without Stilts.” Journal of Social Philosophy, v. 43, n. 2, pgs. 177-203.
  • Reidy, David. 2010. “Human Rights and Liberal Toleration.” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, v. 23, n. 2, pgs. 287-317. Reprinted in Rawls and the Law, Thom Brooks, ed., Ashgate Publishing, 2012.
  • Reidy, David. 2009. “When Good Alone Isn’t Good Enough: Examining Griffin’s On Human Rights.” Social Theory and Practice, v. 35, n. 4, pgs. 623-647.
    Reprinted in On Human Rights: Jim Griffin and his Critics, Roger Crisp, ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012.
  • Reidy, David. 2007. “On Global Economic Justice: In Defense of Rawls.” Journal of Ethics, v.11, n. 2, pgs. 193-236.
  • Rocha, Cynthia. 2009. Promoting economic justice in a global context:
    International comparisons of policies that support economic justice.
    Journal of Community Practice, 17, (1-2).
  • Rocha, Cynthia. 2007. The Relationship of Government Social Expenditures and Market Driven Economic Indicators to Measures of Well-Being: An
    International Comparison. Social Development Issues, 29 (2), 1-14.
  • Jon Shefner and Harry Dahms. 2012. “Civil Society and the State in the Neoliberal Era: Dynamics of Friends and Enemies.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory.
  • Jon Shefner and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, editors. 2011. Globalization and Beyond: New Examinations of Global Power and its Alternatives. Penn State University Press.
  • Ansley, Fran and Jon Shefner, editors.  2009.  Global Connections and Local Receptions: New Latino Immigration to the Southeastern US.  University of Tennessee Press.
  • Shefner, Jon.  2008. The Illusion of Civil Society:  Democratization and Community Mobilization in Low Income Mexico.  Penn State University Press.  [Awarded Honorable Mention by the Society for Social Problems’ Global Section, 2009].

Recent Grants

  • Dubriel, Sebastien.  2006.  Recipient of the ETC Collaborative Project RITE from the Innovative Technology Center. Project “Engaging Students in a True Intercultural Dialogue: Networked-Based Discourse Communities and Culture Learning in the FL Classroom” ($2,500).
  • Klenk, Rebecca M.  (2007). American Institute for Indian Studies, Senior Short-term Research Fellowship (fieldwork in Uttarakhand)
  • Reidy, David.  2009-2010.  National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Fellowship.