There are approximately 200 nations on Earth and the social sciences are being practiced in each one, yet too little of this global enterprise is known to Western, particularly American, social scientists. Drawing upon five years of experience as editor-in-chief of a major international encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences, James D. Wright provides social scientists a representative sampling of the work of their international colleagues.
The volume includes investigations into a myriad of questions. How have Muslims accommodated to life in Western societies? What were the demographic consequences of World War I? What are the economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits of hosting a cruise ship terminal? Has the situation of Honduran street children improved in the past two decades? What is the state of public health in Africa? Wright shows how social scientists outside the United States have answered all of these questions and many more.
From efforts at historical preservation in the Peoples Republic of China to the sexual abuse of children in New Zealand, and from earthquake research in Japan to network jihadi terrorism, The Global Enterprise includes research that will intrigue anyone interested in what social scientists contribute to our understanding of contemporary social trends and advances, both locally and globally. Key research is underway in social science around the world, and it is far past time that Western social scientists learned of and learned from these findings.
Part I. Studies from Asia
1. Filipino Remittances
2. Can Tourism Solve the Poverty Problem? A Case Study from China
3. The Struggle over Historical Preservation in the People’s Republic of China
4. Japan’s Falling Birth Rate and What to Do about It
5. Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011
Part II. Studies from Central and Eastern Europe
6. The Erased of Slovenia
7. The Peasantry in Post-Socialist Hungary
8. Physical Education and Social Policy in Hungary
9. The Sociology of Everyday Life in Russia and Ukraine
10. The Russian Middle Class
11. Transylvanian Demography and the First World War
Part III. Studies from Australasia
12. How to Preserve Indigenous Languages: Twitter!
13. Sexual Abuse of Children in New Zealand
Part IV. Studies from Africa
14. Is Hatred of the "Other" Universal? The Curious Case of African Immigrants in South Africa
15. Gender and Urban Agriculture in Nigeria
16. Public Health in Nigeria: TB, HIV, Depression and Quality of Life
Part V. Studies from the Middle East
17. Network Terrorism and the International Jihadi Movement
18. Muslims in Europe
19. Arab Sociology
20. Social Media and the Arab Spring
Part VI. Studies from Latin America
21. The Maquiladoras of Mexico: Disaster or Economic Salvation?
22. Renationalization in Contemporary Argentina
23. Street Children in Honduras
Part VII. Studies from Elsewhere
24. Cruise Ship Economics and Sociology
25. Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance in the Circumpolar Regions
26. The Lessons Learned