Global Studies Consortium


A global studies journal based at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dec 16, 2014

Daniel Ervin The world we live in is a rapidly changing place. Today several human change processes labeled “transitions”—complex multi-scalar dynamics that include the migration transition, the urban transition, the nutrition transition, the interrelated but distinct mortality, epidemiologic, and health transitions, and the forest transition—are studied with heightened appreciation for their profound interplay. Most academic […]

Nov 06, 2014

Richard C. Keller With Ebola now on at least three continents, thoughts run to its origins. Discussion circulates around fruit bats, chimpanzees, and other primates, but no one really knows for sure where the disease’s reservoir might be, or what might serve as its vector. Perhaps what is most disturbing is that scapegoating has filled […]

Oct 10, 2014

Lindsay Palmer The recent deaths of journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff in Syria serve as a reminder that war reporters are increasingly becoming geopolitical targets. Since correspondents are so often cultural outsiders in the places on which they report, and since they distribute controversial representations of these places to transnational audiences, they risk being […]

Sep 09, 2014

Deborah Hobden Over the past forty years, cities have become increasingly global in orientation, delinking from their national hosts to participate in worldwide circuits of accumulation (Sassen 2001). Sub-Saharan African cities, however, are rarely considered global because they lack what many consider key indicators of globality, such as foreign direct investment, air traffic, and the […]

Aug 08, 2014

Roland Benedikter and Katja Siepmann Flying – A core lifestyle practice of globalization More than ever before, people are in motion. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), every year almost one billion people or one seventh of the world’s population are packing bags to travel. [i] The most visited countries are France (76.8 million), […]

Jul 11, 2014

Nick Jepson It is now 20 years since the publication of Giovanni Arrighi’s The Long Twentieth Century, a highly influential and ambitious work charting the evolution of global capitalism over five centuries. Arrighi’s account posits the history of capitalism as a series of secular cycles, each consisting of expansionary material and financial phases. Every cycle […]

Jun 01, 2014

Tommaso Durante Although ‘globalization’ has been presented in the mainstream academic literature primarily as an economic-driven process, it must be emphasized that its cultural and visual-ideological aspects are of equal significance. (Figure1) Pervading and altering the urban social fabric through hybrid ‘cultural objects’, the ‘global’ has the symbolic power to transform urban spaces by creating […]

May 01, 2014

Christopher Chase-Dunn and Nicolas Pascal How can the New Global Left coalesce to once again address emergent global crises? Our research on transnational social movements and global civil society investigates the potential for a network of radical social movements to come together to play an important role in world politics in the coming decades. The […]

Apr 18, 2014

Jeb Sprague   Millions of people have come to connect in different ways with the globalizing cruise industry, from passengers to employees, from locals at its various destinations to managers and owners. The industry has grown tremendously in recent decades, earning massive profits for its major stockholders. Yet whereas some social groups have benefited, others […]

Feb 06, 2014

B. Venkat Mani Who defines world literature? Is it the author of the text that leaves its point of origin to find space on a bookshelf—physical or digital—in a far away part of the world? Is it the translator, the initiator of textual migration? And how does the reader, who determines whether a text keeps […]

Nov 27, 2013

Aashish Mehta Globalization has deep economic implications and is propelled in many respects by an explicitly economic logic. Global studies and economics therefore have a lot to say to each other. Yet there seems to be surprisingly little intellectual cross-fertilization between them. As an economist and global studies professor, this is particularly apparent to me […]

Oct 31, 2013

Richard C. Keller Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty generated enormous controversy upon its release in late 2012. But for all the debates surrounding the film’s depiction of torture and terror in the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, one scene drew scant media attention. As a team of CIA analysts closes in on the compound […]

Sep 06, 2013

Jonathan Lewis Introduction We would expect to find that people view globalization differently depending on where they live. While an international opinion survey would probably be the preferable way to measure these differences in understanding, this article proposes a much cheaper proxy: freely available information about books on the topic of globalization that people buy […]

Aug 13, 2013

Ole Bruun Half a century ago many Western intellectuals turned against Judeo-Christian values that were being postulated at that time as uncritically guiding Western societies towards the mastery of nature and eventually the destruction of a limited resource base. Prominent writers argued for a new vision,[1] while youth culture found inspiration in Asian philosophies. Today […]

Jul 02, 2013

Michael Curtin, UC-Santa Barbara Two remarkable trends in the global labor economy point in seemingly opposite directions. On the one hand, service industries concentrate in major cities, attracting educated and elite workers, while on the other hand, manufacturers scramble around the world in search of cheap labor and government subsidies. As a result, highly skilled […]

Feb 09, 2012

Ercan Balcı When Turkey is mentioned in relation to the Arab Spring, there are two major points of view: 1. Turkey is a great model for Arab countries as a secular democracy with a majority muslim population. 2. Turkey is not a good model since it has its own problems with minority rights, freedom of […]

Dec 07, 2011

Kostas Kourtikakis   Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor Department of Political Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The European debt crisis has been at the top of the news in the United States and around the world since it fist broke out in 2009.  Citizens and businesses have been watching with great concern and fascination […]

Nov 08, 2011

Lynne M. Rudasill From the adze maker to the Gutenberg Bible to Project Gutenberg to the mobile “app,” technological advances both impact and support human society. The revolution in communications and technology embodied by the internet and the World Wide Web has been felt in all but the most resistant or distant corners of the […]

Sep 20, 2011

By Nathaniel Uchtmann Water is prominent on the list of global crises that are predicted to present major challenges to human populations at scales ranging from local to global. In the coming decades, water is thus expected to acquire an increasingly important position on the global agenda. Even today, water-related human morbidity and mortality, which […]

Aug 03, 2011

Bidyut Mohanty, Institute of Social Sciences (Delhi) There is worldwide concern at the falling proportion of girls among youth populations in developing countries, especially in China and India which are otherwise making news as rising economies. Recent census figures in both countries present a still increasing gender gap and thus an alarming trend toward an […]