Models of Indigenous Development

Around the world today Indigenous peoples strive to maintain their cultures and improve their living conditions. They do this in face of the legacies of colonial pasts and the forces of globalization that tend to induce their marginalization and impoverishment. In this book, the authors analyze development experiences aimed at enhancing the self-reliance of Indigenous communities. Focusing on different contexts in contemporary North America, the authors engage diverse topics such as relationships between political economy and Indigenous self-development, dietary practices as strategies of adaptation and social reproduction, planning as a resource for Indigenous development, and alternative strategies for the conservation of natural resources. The essays of this book, as stated in the Foreword by T. Jojola, demonstrate the “growing manifestations of Indigenous planning practices that are being crafted along cultural principles.”

Globalization and Higher Education

This edited collection provides a comprehensive introduction to globalization and higher education and explores its increasingly important role within a shifting higher education landscape, presenting a wide range of cross-disciplinary research in an organized, clear, and accessible manner. This book will be informative to higher education scholars and administrators seeking to understand the role and implementation of the internationalization of higher education in response to a shifting higher education landscape and increasingly globalized world.

Electronic Communication in Developing Countries: Explanatory Theory, Volume 2

A few years ago, respondents in developing countries had never used the internet or even had electricity to charge a cell phone; but now, respondents overwhelmingly report that they are using computers and cell phones to send e-mail, play games, access information, listen to music, bank, develop literacy skills, and enroll in e-courses. Developing countries are using cellular telephones and internet interconnectivity even more than countries nearly saturated with these devices and conveniences. What can we learn from African, Asian, South American, Middle Eastern countries and even island countries like Jamaica, Maldives and the Philippines? This collection of data comes at a critical time for exploring shifts in communication practices that are occurring in all nations. It introduces explanatory theory from a student’s viewpoint to complete the BRICS country overview and add 18 countries worthy of observation. Some are carefully watched to see if they pass over into developed country status. All are experiencing infrastructure problems. Their technology in many cases is leapfrogging into usage patterns seen in the US, Canada, and Western Europe.

The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge the uniqueness of culture in each of the countries observed without attempting to impose a western framework of interpretation upon the communication behaviors. This is exploratory research accomplished by many who spoke the language of the country they investigated. We hope that this book inspires continued dialogue on the influences of electronic communication and falls outside the purview of readers’ daily lives, providing a window into these developing nations.