To think relationally and constructively about these topics, it will
be useful to try to grasp the defining characteristics and key debates
of given theories and analytical frameworks.
Globalization: has different meanings in different contexts... It has been described elsewhere as: ... a coalescence of varied transnational processes and domestic structures, allowing the economy, politics, cultures and ideology of one country to penetrate another (Mittleman, 1996,p.3).
Dominant culture: the values, symbols, means of expression,language and interests of people in power in this society (page 8)
First world: refers to North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan
Second World: includes Russia and countries of Eastern Europe Third World: Includes most of Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean
First Nations: term used by indigenous population of Australia and Americas, and New Zealand to emphasize the fact that their ancestral lands were colonized and settled by Europeans.
Fourth World: some environmentalists use the term to refer to a scattered collection of small-scale,environmentally sound projects, suggesting an alternative economic and political model.
Two-Thirds World: Some commentators use the term to draw attention to the fact that the majority of the world's population (approx. 68 percent) live in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Definitions taken from:
Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, edited by Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey, Mayfield Publishing Company 1998, Mountain View, CA.
"Introduction: Local Feminisms, Global Futures" by Fiona Flew,et.al.
in Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 22l, No. 4, pp. 393-403,
Gender Role - may refer to that culturally determined cluster of behavioral patterns and attitudes that members of one or the other gender are socially expected to fulfill. The combination of everything an individual does and says to indicate to others or to self the extent to which one's gender identity is male, female, or ambivalent: the public expression of one's gender identity.
Definitions taken from:
A Descriptive Dictionary and Atlas of Sexology, Francoeur, Robert T., Editor. Westport, Connecticut: 1991.
A Concise Glossary of Feminist Theory, Andermahr, Sonya. New York: 1997.
The Advocate and the Lesbian Almanac.