21L.020J | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate

Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the In-Between


[NC] = Chanda, Nayan. Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization. Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780300136234. [Preview with Google Books]

[RI] = Indiana, Rita. Papi: A Novel. Translated by Achy Obejas. University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780226244891. Preview with [Google Books]

[JO] = Otsuka, Julie. The Buddha in the Attic. Anchor Books, 2012. ISBN: 9780307744425. [Preview with Google Books]

[BE] = Ehrenreich, Barbara, and Arlie Russell Hochschild, eds. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Holt Paperbacks, 2004. ISBN: 9780805075090.


Introduction to course

What do we mean by “globalization”?

Listen to:

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. “The Danger of a Single Story.” TEDGlobal.

[NC] Introduction & Ch. 1.

Steger, Manfred. “Map 1. Early human migrations.” In Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780199552269. [Preview with Google Books]

Listen to the first 30 minutes of:

Sen, Amartya. “The Idea of Identity.” Boston University Pardee Distinguished Lecture. November 27, 2001. YouTube.

Chanda Sen Reading Guide

2 Discuss Chanda and Sen: the “big picture” of globalization

Adichie, Chimamanda. “Quality Street.” Guernica. February 1, 2010.

Jarrar, Randa. “You Are a 14-Year-Old Arab Chick Who Just Moved to Texas.” Eyeshot.


Discuss “Quality Street” and “You Are a 14-Year-Old Arab Chick Who Just Moved to Texas”

Globalization at the micro level: the family

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies. Mariner Books, 1999, pp. 43–69. ISBN: 9780395927205. [Preview with Google Books]

Alarcón, Daniel. “Third Avenue Suicide.” In War by Candlelight. Harper Perennial, 2006. ISBN: 9780060594800.


Discuss Lahiri and Alarcón

Globalization: cultural mis-readings

Menocal, Maria Rosa. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. Reprint edition. Back Bay Books, 2003, pp. 32–47, 72–87, 107–111, 126–129. ISBN: 9780316168717.

Menocal Chanda Reading Guide

5 Discuss Menocal

Ahmed, Akbar. “What Andalusia Can Teach Us Today About Muslims and Non-Muslims Living Together.” Huffington Post. April 17, 2015.

Wood, Graeme. “What ISIS Really Wants.” The Atlantic 315, no. 2 (2015): 78-94.

Sunnis and Shia: Islam’s Ancient Schism.” BBC News. January 4, 2016.

[NC] Ch. 4.

Chanda Ch. 4 Reading Guide


Discuss Chanda Ch. 4 and ISIS, the quest for a contemporary caliphate

Elements of good writing: Joaquín

[NC] pp. 145–148, 160–170, 175–177, 185–194.

Misuses of Logic

Seven Tips for Reader-Friendly Writing

Chanda Ch. 5 Reading Guide

Chanda Ch. 6 Reading Guide


Discuss Chanda Ch.5–6 and “Gunga Din”

Listen to:

Connolly, Sarah. “Rule Brittania” (with lyric annotations). YouTube.

Chamoiseau, Patrick. “The Old Man Slave and the Mastiff.” In The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. Edited by Daniel Halpern. Penguin Books, 2000. ISBN: 9780140296389.
8 Discuss Chamoiseau [RI] Ch. 1–7.
9 Discuss Papi [RI] Ch. 8–12.
10 Discuss Papi

Taylor, Timothy D. “Chapter 5: Strategic Inauthenticity.” In Global Pop: World Music, World Markets. Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415918725. [Preview with Google Books]

Tang, Patricia J. “Negotiating Performance in Senegalese Popular Music: Sound, Image, and the Ethnomusicologist as Exoticized ‘Other’.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 17 (3), pp. 275–300.

11 Guest lecture by Prof. Patricia Tang on authenticy and music

Byrne, David. “Crossing Music’s Borders In Search of Identity: ‘I Hate World Music’.” The New York Times. October 3, 1999.

Garofalo, Reebee. “Whose World, What Beat: The Transnational Music Industry, Identity, and Cultural Imperialism.” The World of Music 35, no. 2 (1993): 16–32.

Discussion topics for music readings


Discuss Byrne and group projects

Caravana visitors

[BE] pp. 154–168, 207–229.
13 Discuss “Because She Looks Like a Child” and the article “Selling Sex for Visas”

No assigned readings.


Seeking Asian Female. 2012.

14 Discuss “Seeking Asian Female” [JO] pp. 3–80.
15 Discuss The Buddha in the Attic [JO] pp. 81–129.
16 Discuss remainder of The Buddha in the Attic [BE] pp. 39–54.

Discuss “The Crisis of Care in the Philippines”

Watch “Chain of Love”

Short presentation on memos

[NC] pp. 219–243.

Patton, Cindy. Globalizing Aids. University of Minnesota Press, 2002, pp. ix–xxvii, 27–34, 46–50, 73–81.

Chanda Ch. 7 Reading Guide

The Craft of Effective Oral Presentations (PDF). Courtesy of Jane Dunphy. Used with permission.


Work on group presentation memos

Discuss Chanda and Patton

Undheim, Trond. “Ebola: The Dark Side of Globalization.” FORTUNE. October 20, 2014.

Farmer, Paul. “Diary.” London Review of Books 36 no. 20 (2014): 38-39


Contagion. 2011.


Discuss “Contagion” and Ebola

Work on team presentations

Farmer, Paul, David Walton, and Laura Tarter. “Infections and Inequalities.” Global Change and Human Health 1, no. 2 (2000): 94-109.

Parsons, Marilyn. “We’ve Neglected Diseases Like the Zika Virus for Too Long.” TIME. January 26, 2016.

Alter, Charlotte. “Why Latin American Women Can’t Follow the Zika Advice to Avoid Pregnancy.” TIME. January 28, 2016.


Discuss “Infection Inequalities” and Zika

Presentation on oral presentations

Earle, Rebecca. “The Columbian Exchange.” In The Oxford Handbook of Food History. Edited by Jeffrey M. Pilcher. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780199729937. [Preview with Google Books]

[NC] pp. 82–93.

21 Discuss “The Colombian Exchange” and Chanda Ch. 3

[NC] Ch. 2–3, 6.

Chanda Ch. 3 Reading Guide


No Logo. 2003.

22 Discuss Chanda and “No Logo”

Calmes, Jackie. “Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress.” The New York Times. October 5, 2015.

[NC] Ch. 8.

Chanda Ch. 8 Reading Guide

23 Discuss EU, NAFTA, TPP No assigned readings
24 Team Presentations No assigned readings
25 Team Presentations No assigned readings
26 Final Discussion No assigned readings