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Fifth Edition of Father/Son's Global Issues Book Published This Summer

Previous Edition Sold 10,000 Copies and Is Used at 75 Colleges and Universities

August 28, 2012

Michael Snarr (center) and Neil Snarr show WC senior Audrey Ingram the recently published fifth edition of

Michael Snarr (center) and Neil Snarr show WC senior Audrey Ingram the recently published fifth edition of "Introducing Global Issues," for which the Snarrs served as co-editors and authors and Ingram wrote parts of two chapters.

Michael and Neil Snarr’s book Introducing Global Issues continues to generate national and international interest as more and more colleges and universities incorporate into their curriculum an appreciation for world cultures, globalization and international affairs.

Wilmington College’s Michael Snarr, professor of social and political studies, and Neil Snarr, emeritus professor of sociology, again served as editors for Introducing Global Issues, the fifth edition of which was published this summer.

It updates the fourth edition, which has sold more than 10,000 copies and is used at nearly 75 colleges and universities.

Institutions such as James Madison, St. John’s, Old Dominion, Dayton, Clemson and Temple universities have used the previous edition in courses and the volume is featured among the resources at hundreds of academic libraries. Copies of the fourth edition have been sold in Europe, Japan, Australia and the Middle East. It was even translated into Korean.

Michael Snarr said that each chapter of this latest edition has been updated to reflect recent developments.

In fact, he co-authored the chapter titled “Global Security” that now has an emphasis on human security with supporting case studies on terrorism, the conflict in Libya and the Japanese nuclear crisis. The chapter, “Human Rights in a Changing World,” has a new section that focuses on the effects of new technologies and celebrities.

The book not only looks at global challenges but also highlights success stories.

“Though the news headlines today are often negative and the problems of the world often seem overwhelming, progress is being made on many global issues,” he said. “Important strides have been made in the areas of education, war and health.”

Indeed, Snarr cites that, from 1990 to 2009, the number of annual deaths of children under age five has decreased from 12.4 to 8.1 million, and nearly 2 billion people have gained access to cleaner drinking water. Also, global life expectancies today are more than twice as high as a century ago and, over the past decade, millions of lives have been saved due to significant reductions in deaths from malaria and tuberculosis.

“In short, there is hope and, through the work of states, nongovernmental organizations and individuals, more improvements can be made,” he said. “However, the challenges are staggering and there is much work to be done.”

In addition to the Snarrs’ editing of the book and co-writing a number of chapters, several other Wilmington College community members played significant roles in the new edition, along with other scholars from throughout the country.

Senior Audrey Ingram, majoring in communications and international studies, co-wrote with Neil Snarr the chapter titled “Human Rights in a Changing World” and contributed to the chapter, “Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources.”

Also, May 2012 graduate Rachel Kent, who majored in political science with an international concentration and minor in peace studies, history, and religion and philosophy, co-wrote a chapter titled “Children.” Mary Ellen Batiuk wrote the chapter on “The Political Economy of Development.” She is a professor of social and political studies that teaches a course on global issues and the political economy of globalization.