Global Studies Research is a research methods textbook designed for interdisciplinary International Studies majors and their faculty. The textbook introduces interdisciplinarity, provides basic building blocks of relevant disciplinary knowledge, explains a process for integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines, and models this interdisciplinary International Studies Research Process in its presentation of the case studies.

Global Studies Research Process

Global Studies Research Process

Novelist Zora Neale Hurston (1984)—who was also a trained anthropologist—wrote in her autobiography that “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose” (p. 175). Disciplinary researchers poke and pry within their fields. Interdisciplinary Global Studies can then poke and pry among the disciplines to gather information and insights to carry out research on and better understand our complex world. As noted in Chapter 2, interdisciplinary research must build on disciplinary research.

Global Studies research “formalizes curiosity” through a step-based process. As Box 3.1 presents, there are four major steps, each with additional steps within them. The first is to prepare to research by selecting a research question and determining the relevant disciplines. Then a Global Studies researcher ...

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