Readings and Theories
GC 1: A stranger among us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection by Aimee Liu: Thirty acclaimed writers of international fiction explore the stranger in tales of cultural clashes and bonds. These stories of disparate experience travel beyond politics and multicultural manners to become an essential discussion of otherness.
GC 2: An introduction to global citizenship by Nigel Dower: A central tenet of globalization is that we now have all become “citizens of the world.” Whether or not we are global citizens is a topic of great dispute, however those who take part in the debate agree that a global citizen is a member of the wider community of humanity, the world or a similar whole which is wider than that of a nation-state. This collection seeks to introduce readers to some of the central issues of this debate. Through four main sections, the contributors discuss global challenges and attempt to define the ways in which globalization is changing the world in which we live. Offering a breadth of coverage to the core theme of the individual in a global world, Global Citizenship combines two factors-the idea of global responsibility and the development of institutional structures though which this responsibility can be exercised.
GC 3: Educating for human rights and global citizenship by Ali A Abdi: Essays that highlight the role of education in bringing about inclusive citizenship and human rights norms.
GC 4: Educating citizens for global awareness by Nel Noddings: Nearly sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in spite of progress on some fronts, we are in many cases as far away as ever from achieving an inclusive citizenship and human rights for all. While human rights violations continue to affect millions across the world, there are also ongoing contestations regarding citizenship. In response to these and related issues, the contributors to this book critique both historical and current practices and suggest several pragmatic options, highlighting the role of education in attaining these noble yet unachieved objectives. This book represents a welcome addition to the human rights and global citizenship literature and provides ideas for new platforms that are human rights friendly and expansively attuned toward global citizenship.
GC 5: The Concept of Community: Readings with Interpretations Edited by David W. Minar and Scott Greer: This book explores the concept that community is indivisible from human actions, purposes, and values. It expresses our vague yearnings for a commonality of desire, a communion with those around us, an extension of the bonds of kin and friend to all those who share a common fate with us.
GC 6: Now We Can Speak: A Journey Through the New Nicaragua by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins : Contains information on food supply, Government policy, economic and social conditions of Nicaragua. Also covers the politics and government on Nicaragua from 1979-1990.
GC 7: The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census by Philip D. Curtin: The author Philip D. Curtin focuses on the number of slaves that were taken across the Atlantic. Throughout the book the author uses different research methods to express how many Africans were shipped across the Atlantic, from what parts in Africa, and the destination where they were shipped.
GC 8: Passage from India: Post 1965 Indian Immigrants and Their Children, Conflicts, Concerns and Solutions by Priya Agarwal
GC 9: Revolution in Guinea: Selected Texts by Amilcar Cabral
GC 10: Class Struggles in Tanzania by Issa G. Shivji: Addresses the problems of the bureaucratic bourgeoisie and management of the economy.
GC 11: Armed Struggle in Africa: With Guerrillas in “Portuguese” Guinea by Gerald Chaliand
GC 12: Birth of a National Language: The History of Setswana by Tore Janson and Joseph Tsonope: The project traces the development of Setswana from the earliest known records to its present status as a national language in Botswana. The complex relationship between nation, language and society is treated in detail, with reference to both historical and geographical influences. Special emphasis is placed on the linguistic consequences of the great social changes brought about by independence in 1966.
GC 13: Prabhupada: He Built A House In Which The Whole World Can Live by Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami: Biography of Srila Prabhupada, also known as A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (born Abhay Charan De in 1896, in Calcutta), the spiritual leader who established the Society for Krishna Consciousness in the U.S.
GC 14: Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan: An encyclopedic reference work on the oral literatures of Africa, with comments on oral performance, audience, history of scholarship, and social, linguistic, and literary background. Treats the poet’s métier, various poetic genres (panegyric, elegy, religious verse, lyric, children’s poems, etc.), prose forms (narrative, proverbs, riddles, oratory), drum language, and drama.
GC 15: Inequality and Social Mobility in Brazil by Jose Pastore
GC 16: When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman’s Journey from War to Peace by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts: Hayslip, who grew up in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, here recounts her heart-rending experiences. A pawn of both sides in the conflict, she endures rape, torture, and imprisonment before fleeing to the United States. Told in a series of flashbacks during a return trip to her homeland in 1986, the account jumps abruptly from present to past and back again with little or no transitional bridges.
GC 17: Red Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture by Eugenia W. Herbert: Eugenia W. Herbert addresses the subject from a multidisciplinary perspective, examining technology, history, oral tradition, economics, symbolic anthropology, and archaeology.
GC 18: Guatemala Tyranny on Trial: Testimony of the Permanent People’s Tribunal Edited and Translated by Susanne Jonas, Ed McCaughan and Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez
GC 19: Independent Kenya by Anonymous: Sponsored by the Journal of African Marxists in solidarity with the authors. Expose of corruption and suppression of all opposition in Kenya since its country’s Independence.
GC 20: Battlefront Namibia: John Ya-Otto with Ole Gjerstad and Michael Mercer: The Labor Minister of SWAPO (Southwest Africa People’s Organization) recounts his personal saga of developing political commitment, conflict with the Boer adversary, imprisonment, torture, trial, rustication, and the agonizing decision to flee his homeland. His experience affords the reader an unusual perspective on black-white relations in Namibia and the (necessarily) subterranean world of black politics there.
GC 21: Representative Spanish Authors: Third Edition Volume 2 by Walter T. Pattison and Donald W. Bleznick: Selections of fiction and poetry survey Spanish literary achievement from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century.
GC 22: Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld: The former New York Times South Africa correspondent eschews the political and social analysis which illuminated South Africa’s dilemmas for Times readers during the early 1980s and instead conveys the essence of apartheid through its effects on people. A series of delicately limned portraits of whites and blacks shows the self-deception, circumlocution and blunted moral sense needed to maintain the system; the stoicism and irony required to endure it with dignity; and the leap of faith involved in defying its real, raw power. Lelyveld’s story ends before the uprisings of the past year revealed that something has apparently snapped within that system, but whatever may be changing, he has shown us clearly the spiritual base from which it emanates.
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