The Cost of Globalization

Dangers to the Earth and Its People


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About the Book

The issues arising from rapid global integration have generally been treated in isolation by most academic works. This volume examines the many pitfalls of globalization from the perspective of impoverished and indigenous peoples, including the widening wealth gap, the struggle for restoration of dispossessed lands and cultural rights, global warming and ecological annihilation, and the experiences of women in underdeveloped regions. The United States’ growing prison industrial complex is discussed. The author concludes with a call for reassessing current ways of living and proposes recreating cultures of conservation and sustainable economies.

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About the Author(s)

Julian E. Kunnie is a professor, activist researcher, and advocate for the Earth Mother and Indigenous peoples in Turtle Island (North America), Africa, and around the world spanning almost five decades. His articles have appeared in the African Studies Review, Black Scholar, Journal of African American History, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Pan African Studies, and other noted journals and publications.

Bibliographic Details

Julian E. Kunnie

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 388
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9608-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1977-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xiii
Preface 1
Introduction 7
1. 21st Century Globalization: Illusions of Global Economic Prosperity Yet the Reality of Poverty 21
2. Globalization, Ecocide and the Lethal Threats Against Indigenous Peoples 64
3. Unjust Globalization and the Acute Marginalization of Poor Women in the World 108
4. Unjust Globalization and Unfair Justice Against the Poor: Lethal Racism, Expanded Incarceration, Law Enforcement Violence and Punishment Over Education 146
5. Globalization’s Intensification of Global Warming and Climate Change 221
Epilogue: Whither Unjust Globalization? An Open Future Based Neither on Linear Progress Nor Materialist Consumption 265
Chapter Notes 283
Bibliography 337
Index 361

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title
  • “In this book, Kunnie educates, elucidates, and exposes an alternative meaning of globalization…highly recommended. —Choice
  • “This book can easily be adopted in numerous courses in the social sciences and humanities and should be required reading for all interested in understanding the complex dynamics of globalization.”—Celestino Fernández, University of Arizona
  • “In this brilliant work, Professor Julian Kunnie has explored and established the underlying connections between globalization and the multiple threats to nature and life at the lower half of the pyramid. Such deep-seated humane writings will serve the cause of climate justice to a great extent.”—Soumya Dutta, Beyond Copenhagen Collective