Tag Archives: Globalization

Globalization and Social Justice

The phrase “globalization and social justice” can be viewed as an oxymoron or a goal, but it certainly is not a true statement of interrelated facts. Over time there has been a correlation between the engagement of nations in the global economy and growth in income inequality within those nations. Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, and […]

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I Made 10 Million Dollars as an Academic and So Can You! Part I

Ok, I haven’t. Not yet, anyway. More on that later. But I got your attention, didn’t I? Before I tell you how to make 10 million dollars, let me offer two other self-help books you should check out:  I read Mohsin Hamid’s, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia over the summer and it […]

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On Poverty and Systemic Collapse: Challenges to Education Research in an Era of Infrastructure Rebuilding

In this essay I argue the economic inequities of today carve out a very large social condition that is orders of magnitude greater than can be conveyed by the term “poverty.” This condition derives from a massive theft of public wealth and abandonment of the principles of representative democracy. There is a silver lining: on […]

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Power + Wealth + Structural Reinforcement of the Norm = Myth of Poverty

The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t always have the things you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you’d do anything to lift that burden. –Jay-Z There is a common myth that spans the globe about America, which presents us as the ultimate privileged country offering […]

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The Poverty of Capitalism

In capitalist societies such as ours, there are hidden contextual rules in our understanding of poverty and its relationship to education. They hide the fact that the struggle for better schools and the elimination of poverty must include the struggle for a democratic socialist alternative to capitalism. This is likely to sound provocative to the […]

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Social movements 2.0

Technology is changing the ways in which people communicate their thoughts and experience their surroundings. Augmented reality apps, for instance, add layers of information to places like museum exhibits and sporting events. Twitter connects individuals to trends. Social networking sites provide quick access to information about nearby places including parks and movie theaters. In their […]

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College for All

by Bill Tierney In 1841 Horace Mann wrote that “education has a power of ministering to our personal and material wants beyond all other agencies.  Every wise parent and community, desiring the prosperity of their children, will spare no pains in giving them a generous education.”   Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century Americans were in […]

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Vietnam: Remembrance and Higher Education

by Bill Tierney I have never visited Vietnam which is a large part of the reason that I jumped at the offer to give a half dozen lectures in Ho Chi Minh City at Vietnam National University and the Southeast Asian Ministry in December.  Although I have never been here, Vietnam looms large in my […]

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Travels in Turkey: Part V by Bill Tierney

The last installment in our Travels in Turkey series follows. Turkey and Travel by Bill Tierney Although I have mostly resisted writing about anything other than issues related to higher education on this blog, enough people have asked me about traveling in Turkey that I thought I would give a thumbnail sketch of what to […]

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Travels in Turkey: Part IV by Bill Tierney

21st Century Scholar’s own Dr. William G. Tierney recently returned from a month in Turkey. He blogs about his travel experience in this fourth installment of the series, aptly entitled, Travels in Turkey. Turkey and Jobs by Bill Tierney A friend who lives here commented to me one day that “Turkey is a can-do country.  […]

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