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Crossing Borders
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Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Fourth Edition


August 2021 | 384 pages | CQ Press

Crossing Borders helps students develop a framework for understanding the various disciplines that constitute international studies by exploring the many boundaries they knowingly (and unknowingly) cross on a daily basis. Renowned authors Harry I. Chernotsky and Heidi H. Hobbs address the diverse fields of international studies—geography, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology—giving instructors a launching point to pursue their own disciplinary interests. This bestseller not only helps students to better grasp international affairs, but also offers advice on how they can engage with global issues through study abroad, internships, and career options.
    
Updated thoroughly to reflect recent events and trends, the Fourth Edition assesses the COVID-19 pandemic; the use of social media to interfere in elections; the role of China in trade, investment, and finance; and the tensions surrounding persistent racial and gender inequities around the world.

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List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Getting Your Global Bearings: Navigating the World
Toward a Working Definition of International Studies

 
Different Ways of Looking at the World’s Borders

 
The Evolution of Globalization

 
Globalization: Winners and Losers

 
The Changing Definition of Citizenship in a Global Era

 
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 2. Point of Departure: Planet Earth
Getting Our Heads around the Earth: Geography as a Field of Study

 
Where We Live

 
Population Management

 
Food and Hunger

 
Energy Security

 
The Human Factor: Contributing to the Problem?

 
The Global Response

 
Conclusion: What Can You Do?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 3. Jump-Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
The Technological Frontier

 
The Virtual Frontier

 
The Role of Technology in Crossing Borders

 
Conclusion: A Final Thought on Technology

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 4. Searching for Security: The Political World
Defining Political Borders: The Origins of the Modern State System

 
The Balance of Power System: Its Failures and the Outbreak of War

 
The Cold War

 
The Post–Cold War World

 
Conclusion: The Quest for Security

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 5. Challenges to Security
Persistent Conflict: The Case of Israel and Palestine

 
Weapons of Mass Destruction

 
Terrorism

 
Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 6. Seeking Prosperity: The Global Economy
Defining Economic Borders: A Very Short History

 
The Bretton Woods System

 
Beyond Bretton Woods: The Roots of Contemporary Globalization

 
Emerging Economic Centers

 
Key Players in Transition

 
Conclusion: The Evolving World Economy

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 7. Challenges to Prosperity
Free Trade versus Protectionism

 
Transnational Investment: Blessing or Curse?

 
Finance and Aid: Promoting or Hindering Development?

 
Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 8. Protecting Identity: The People of the World
Cultural and Social Borders: Understanding Identity

 
The Age of Enlightenment

 
Social Borders

 
The Study of Social and Cultural Borders

 
Globalization: Homogenization or Hybridization?

 
Conclusion: Identity at the Crossroads

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 9. Challenges to Identity
The Role of Religion

 
Ethnic Conflict

 
Fragile States

 
Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 10. Managing the World: Cooperation at the Global Level
Defining the Global Order: International Law and Organizations

 
The United Nations

 
Interdependence and Regional Intergovernmental Organizations

 
Nongovernmental Organizations

 
The Evolution of the United Nations and Civil Society

 
The Expansion of International Law and the International Criminal Court

 
Conclusion: Compliance and Enforcement

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 11. Challenges to Cooperation
Poverty

 
Global Health and the Threat of Disease

 
Human Rights

 
Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 12. Connecting to the World: Where Do You Go from Here?
International Studies beyond the Classroom

 
International Career Opportunities

 
Educational Options

 
Conclusion: Where Do You Go from Here?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Site
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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Updated chapters reflect current events and trends, including the consequences of globalization, the role of China in emerging markets, the tensions encompassing racial and gender inequities around the world and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Updated tables, charts and graphics aid visual learning and facilitate further engagement with key concepts and arguments.
KEY FEATURES:
  • "Learning Objectives" appear at the start of each chapter to help students identify the major conceptual take-aways and provide a platform for review.
  • "Turning Point" stories describe critical junctures that have altered the course of selected global relationships.
  • "How You Can Connect" encourages students to consider their own experiences, habits, and attitudes as they might relate to the issues under consideration.
  • The "Pro/Con" feature provides students opposing arguments put forward with respect to a number of contentious global issues and provides probing questions that ask "Where Do You Stand?"
  • "What Can You Do With International Studies?" boxed features profile former students who have gone on to work in the field.
  • "To Learn More" sections at the end of each chapter provide students with opportunities to use additional resources to develop a deeper understanding of the world and become more active participants.

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