Framing the Global

Framing the Global

Entry Points for Research
Edited by Hilary E. Kahn
Foreword by Saskia Sassen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/30/2014
Format: paper 352 pages, 9 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-01296-8
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Framing the Global explores new and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of global issues. Essays are framed around the entry points or key concepts that have emerged in each contributor's engagement with global studies in the course of empirical research, offering a conceptual toolkit for global research in the 21st century.

Author Bio

Hilary E. Kahn is Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University. She is author of Seeing and Being Seen: The Q’eqchi’ Maya of Livingston, Guatemala, and Beyond.


"This book should be read by every scholar of globalization. It demonstrates conclusively that the locality is not the shrinking other of the wave of globalization but rather its precondition, its theater, and its co-productive other. Touching on such topics as affect, rights, materiality, and rules, the essays in the volume bring globalization into the dynamic center of some of the most vital debates in the contemporary social sciences." —Arjun Appadurai, New York University

"[A] stimulating and well-researched book that clearly makes a contribution to scholarship in global studies. . . . [O]ffers a wide variety of ways to conceptualize, represent, and investigate, or, as its title suggests, 'frame' the global." —Michael Peter Smith, University of California, Davis

"This remarkable volume breaks new ground in the field of global studies. Going far beyond case studies, the contributors show how intensive ethnographic and historically-informed engagements can produce compelling new understandings of important changes taking place in the world today. The book is also a testament to the value of collaborative research." —
Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley

"All in all this is an important, wide-ranging, and carefully produced overview of the current state of the field." —New Global Studies

"[T]his text should be read not only by graduate students, but all scholars preparing to conduct global social science research. It provides reflections on many of the complex theoretical, ethical, and practical issues that inevitably arise along the way, but that researchers are often unprepared to

encounter. . . . The importance of interdisciplinary scholarship providing clear insights about how global research questions are asked and answered is rendered even more significant by this well-curated collection." —
International Social Science Review

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Table of Contents

Foreword / Saskia Sassen
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction / Hilary E. Kahn
1. AFFECT—Making the Global through Care / Deirdre McKay
2. DISPLACEMENT—Framing the Global Relationally / Faranak Miraftab
3. FORMS—Art Institutions as Global Forms in India and Beyond: Cultural Production, Temporality, and Place / Manuela Ciotti
4. FRAMES—Reframing Oceania: Lessons from Pacific Studies / Katerina Martina Teaiwa
5. GENEALOGIES—Connecting Spaces in Historical Studies of the Global / Prakash Kumar
6. LAND—Engaging with the Global: Perspectives on Land from Botswana / Anne Griffiths
7. LOCATION—Film and Media Location: Toward a Dynamic and Scaled Sense of Global Place / Stephanie DeBoer
8. MATERIALITY—Transnational Materiality / Zsuzsa Gille
9. THE PARTICULAR—The Persistence of the Particular in the Global / Rachel Harvey
10. RIGHTS—The Rise of Rights and Nonprofit Organizations in East African Societies / Alex Perullo
11. RULES—Global Production and the Puzzle of Rules / Tim Bartley
12. SCALE—Exploring the “Global ‘68” / Deborah Cohen and Lessie Jo Frazier
13. SEASCAPE—The Chinese Atlantic /Sean Metzger
14. SOVEREIGNTY—Crisis, Humanitarianism, and the Condition of Twenty-First-Century Sovereignty / Michael Mascarenhas
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