Digital Selves

Recent protest movements around the world have reignited questions about the connections between freedom and the ways in which digital spaces can be used to communicate ideas and stories. Before the Arab Spring uprisings and the global Occupy movements, Iraqi women used the blogosphere to call for change, to expose the activities of foreign forces in their country, and to discuss everyday politics. Through digital figures and transnational relationships this book explores the implications of women’s stories written online during a time of war and occupation. The weblogs of Aunt Najma, HNK, Faiza, Neurotic Iraqi Wife and Riverbend introduce us to digital selves: online practices of the self which engage with and challenge the limitations of everyday life. When the streets are transformed and regulated by militant gangs or foreign troops, weblogs become a place to connect with others, write a future, and write a self. Forging what Judith Butler refers to as ‘recognisable lives’ online, the bloggers dare international readers to see beyond dominant ‘frames of war’ and share in the cost of military intervention.

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.