Study Materials

Required Texts

Buy at Amazon Alvarez, Julia. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. New York, NY: Plume, 1992. ISBN: 9780452268067.

Buy at Amazon Chanda, Nayan. Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780300136234.

Buy at Amazon Sola, Liu. Chaos and All That. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780824816513.

Buy at Amazon Chamoiseau, Patrick. School Days. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780803263765.

Audio Sources

Materials for this course include segments from radio programs. Click on the name of the segment to open the audio stream directly, or click on the name of the program to see a summary of the material, links to online resources, and other related information.


Introduction to course

What do we mean by "globalization"?

Chanda, Bound Together, Introduction and chapter 1.

Sen, Amartya. "Globalization and Solidarity." Boston University World of Ideas. Boston, MA: WBUR, January 27, 2002.

Buy at Amazon "Early Human Migrations." Map 1 in Steger, Manfred. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780199552269.

2 Discuss: Chanda and Sen

Chanda, chapter 2.

Buy at Amazon Menocal, Maria Rosa. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, 2003, pp. 32-47, 72-87, 107-111, and 126-129. ISBN: 9780316168717.

"Islam and the Making of Europe." On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Boston, MA: WBUR/NPR, February 4, 2008.

3 What difference does language make? Why did Latin disappear? What is "the spell of Arabic"? Who is Abd Al-Rahman and should we care?

Maps of the Silk Road: Silk Road, The Silk Road and Arab Sea Routes, Three Silk Routes, spice trade routes.

"Major World Trade Networks, 1000-1450." Map 2 in Globalization: A Very Short Introduction.

Buy at Amazon Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World. New York, NY: Norton, 2006, pp. 320-342 and 445-461. ISBN: 9780393925678.

Islamic Architecture in Spain

El Alhambra, Granada, Spain - WikiCommons, ArchNet
Albayzin Quarter, Granada, Spain
Restoration of House of Zafra, Granada, Spain
La Mezquita, Córdoba, Spain

Mughal-British Hybrids

Bellini, Gentile. Sultan Mehmed II. Oil on canvas, 1480.
Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England

4 How and why have certain musical instruments traveled to and been adapted by cultures around the globe?

Chanda, chapter 3.

Byrne, David. "Crossing Music's Border: 'I Hate World Music'." New York Times, October 3, 1999.

Garofalo, Reebee. "Whose World, What Beat: The Transnational Music Industry, Identity, and Cultural Imperialism." World of Music 32 (1993): 16-32.

5 Issues of authenticity and cultural imperialism in global pop

Chanda, chapter 4.

Tang, Patricia. "Negotiating Performance in Senegalese Popular Music: Sound, Image, and the Ethnomusicologist as Exoticized 'Other'." Journal of Popular Music Studies 17 (2005): 275-300.

Visit the Group Saloum Web site for information about next week's concert.


Prepare for outing: Group Saloum

Discuss: Chanda, chapters 3 & 4

Communication Notes: "Misuses of Logic," "Seven Tips for Reader-Friendly Writing," and "The Craft of Effective Oral Presentations."  
7 Guest Lecture: Jane Dunphy, "The Art of Presenting Information."

Chanda, chapter 5.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. "Gogol." The New Yorker, June 16, 2003.

8 Discuss: "Gogol" and Chanda

Grillo, Ioan. "Mexico's Emo-Bashing Problem." Time, March 27, 2008.

Marshall, Wayne. "(Tight)Pantshall & Metro Cool, or 'How Mi Look?' 'Gay!'" Wayne and Wax, September 22, 2008.

———. "Follow Me Now: The Zigzagging Zunguzung Meme." Wayne and Wax, May 10, 2007.

9 Guest Lecture: Wayne Marshall, Mellon Fellow.

Chanda, chapters 6 & 7.

Chamoiseau, School Days, all.

Nair, Mira, and Sooni Taraporevala. Mississippi Masala. Burbank, CA: Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1992.

Maps of empires: Roman, Ottoman, Russian, French, British.

10 Discuss: Chamoiseau Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, pp. 1-164. (PDF)

Guest Lecture: Mark Szarko, Humanities Librarian, "Research Tools."

Discuss: finish Chamoiseau

Alvarez, pp. 164-end.  
12 Discuss: Alvarez

Buy at Amazon Ang, Ien. On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asia and the West. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, chapter 1-2. ISBN: 9780415259132.

Onishi, Norimitsu. "For English Studies, Koreans Say Goodbye to Dad." New York Times, June 8, 2008.


Activity: examine the relationship of focus languages to English, English only movements.

Discuss: finish Alvarez

Buy at Amazon Issenberg, Sasha. The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy. New York, NY: Gotham Books, 2008, pp. ix-xxiv, 92-105, and 107-129. ISBN: 9781592403639.  
14 Outing to Asian food court    
15 Activity: compare hybrid foods in the focus cultures, American hybrid cuisine. Condry, Ian. "Anime Creativity: Characters and Premises in the Quest for Cool Japan." Theory, Culture, and Society 26 (2009): 139-163.  
16 Guest Lecture: Ian Condry, "Anime." Chanda, chapters 8 & 9. (PDF)
17 Technology and education, One Laptop Per Child Sola, Chaos and All That, all. (PDF
18 Discuss: Liu Sola Prepare for global music in focus culture groups. (PDF)

Activity: compare global music in focus cultures.

Discuss: Liu Sola

Buy at Amazon Parreñas, Rhacel Salazar. "The Care Crisis in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy." Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Edited by Ehrenreich, Barbara, and Arlie Russell Hochschild. New York, NY: Holt & Co., 2004, pp. 39-54. ISBN: 9780805075090.

20 Discuss: Global Woman selections

Brennan, Denise. "Selling Sex for Visas: Sex Tourism as a Stepping-Stone to International Migration."
Bales, Kevin. "Because She Looks Like a Child."
pp. 154-168, 207-229 in Global Woman.

21 Discuss: Global Woman selections, gender and globalization, women as sex workers

Gray, Lorraine W. The Global Assembly Line. 1986.

"The Age of AIDS." Frontline. Boston, MA: WGBH/PBS, September 30-31, 2006.

22 Guest Lecture: Rachel Glennerster, Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, "Globalization and the Academy."    
23 Presentations

"Young & Restless in China." Frontline. Boston, MA: WGBH/PBS, June 17, 2008.

DeParle, Jason. "Should We Globalize Labor Too?" New York Times, June 10, 2007.

Kanter, Rosabeth Moss. "Corporate Citizenship Meets the Anti-Globalization Backlash." Supplement to "The New Corporate Responsibility." Special Coverage. Boston, MA: WBUR, January 2, 2002.

Muller, Jerry Z. "Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism." Foreign Affairs 87 (March/April 2008): Excerpt.

"Major Global Environmental Treaties, 1971-2007." pp. 96 in Globalization: A Very Short Introduction.

24 Presentations (cont.)    
25 Overview of course/global citizenship    


Buy at Amazon Longoria, Valeria. "Beer Barrel Polka."; Gardel, Carlos. "La Cumparsita."; Chenier, Clifton. "Zydeco Sont Pas Salé." Tracks 2, 4, and 23, Disc 3 of Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World. New York, NY: Norton, 2006. ISBN: 9780393925678.

Buy at Amazon N'dour, Youssou. "Birima (Western release version)", "Birima (Remix feat. Wyclef Jean)." Tracks 2 and 15 of Joko: From Village to Town. Sony Music Entertainment, 2000.

Nder et le Setsima Group. "Sportif." Track 4 of Live Anniversaire. Unknown distributor, 2001.

Pape Diouf. "Partir." Track 1 of Partir. Jololi, 2004.

IWantDemocracyNow. "Aime Cesare-poet, Politician Activist, 1913-2008." April 22, 2008. YouTube. Accessed February 17, 2010.

nubiennesblog. "ALIKER." November 1, 2008. YouTube. Accessed February 17, 2010.

Global Food

Japanese Denny's Menu

"Pato Donald"

Ladies' Market in Hong Kong

Japanese McDonald's