The Other World

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9780205778874: The Other World

The Other World combines a thematic and area studies approach to explore contemporary global issues in the developing world. Accessible and interdisciplinary, this text offers political, economic, social, and historical analysis plus case studies on Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, Central Asia and the Southern Near Abroad, and Asia. Highlighting similarities and differences among these regions and focusing on enduring problems, The Other World is a practical look at the issues affecting the majority of the world's population.

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Joseph N. Weatherby has been a professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University since 1968. He is currently the Sandefer scholar-in-residence at the General Douglas MacArthur Academy of Howard Payne University, Texas. In 1977 he was an invited visiting scholar at Wolfson College, the University of Cambridge, England. He has been awarded a summer Fulbright to the Middle East, an NEH Fellowship in Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan, and a Joseph P. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies. He is the author of The Middle East and North Africa: A Political Primer published by Longman in 2002. At Cal Poly, he has chaired the academic senate and received the university’s outstanding teaching award. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, Texas, a foreign trade degree from the American Graduate School for International Management, Arizona, and a Ph.D. in political science and Middle East studies from the University of Utah.

Craig Arceneaux is associate professor of Political Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been a member of the faculty since 2001. Dr. Arceneaux’s teaching and research interests focus on Latin America and issues of democracy, political economy, and civil-military relations. He is the author of Bounded Missions: Military Regimes and Democratization in the Southern Cone and Brazil (Penn State Press, 2001), and Transforming Latin America: International and Domestic Origins of Change (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). He has published articles in Armed Forces and Society, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, and Journal of Political and Military Sociology. Dr. Arceneaux holds an M.A. in Political Science from the Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.

Emmit B. Evans, Jr., has been a faculty member in the political science department at California Polytechnic State University since 1990. He has conducted research in Kenya, Mexico, and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and was the executive director of a rural community development organization in the southwestern United States for 10 years. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of comparative development administration, world food politics, and contemporary global issues. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having served in East Africa. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dianne Long teaches political science and public policy at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1982. Her teaching and research interests center on comparative public policy and administration, particularly poverty and development. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Central Africa, Dr. Long continues her writings on the nature of Third World peoples and politics. As a contributor to several chapters in The Other World, she brings to the text a perspective on issues affecting women and the changing nature of world governmental institutions. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.

Ira Reed is Professor Emeritus at Trinity University, Washington, D.C., where he joined the political science faculty in 1983; he previously taught at Mount Vernon College and Georgetown University. He teaches primarily comparative politics courses, including introductory classes and those focusing on Africa, developing areas, Russia and East Europe, and Western Europe, as well as courses on American politics, U.S. public policy, weapons and peace, political courage, democratization, and political futures. He now serves as adjunct professor for Virginia Tech, where he teaches online graduate courses on the politics of developing areas and U.S. public policy. He has published in The Journal of Third World Studies and has frequently presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Third World Studies Association, the World Future Society, and other national and regional associations. He holds a B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.

Olga D. Novikova-Carter is a native of Odessa, Ukraine. She became a professor of political economy at Odessa State Economic University, Ukraine, USSR in 1979. Her teaching and research interests centered on socioeconomic analysis of migration, minority-related issues, and market development in countries of the former Soviet Union. Since 1991 she has combined her teaching responsibilities at Howard Payne University, in Brownwood, Texas, with responsibilities of an international business coordinator and consultant for companies and nonprofit organizations. Her responsibilities have included facilitating communication between different ethnic groups in the countries of the former Soviet Union during crisis situations and conducting training workshops for local government officials on institution building, poverty reduction, and social services. She has frequently presented papers at academic conferences and meetings. As a contributor to a chapter in The Other World, she brings to the text a firsthand knowledge of problems related to the transitional stage of the development of new economic and social structures in the countries of the former Soviet Union. She holds a Master of Economics degree and a Ph.D. in political economy from Odessa State Economic University, Ukraine, USSR. She serves as a coordinator of social programs for international students at Howard Payne University.

Review:

“This text provides students a much more sophisticated understanding of modernity, tradition, and development. It enables them to understand that the issues ‘out there’ are intricately linked with the issues ‘here’ and thus facilitates more informed global thinking and action.”—Kelechi Kalu, The Ohio State University

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