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A Sociology of Globalization (Contemporary Societies)by Saskia Sassen
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What does "globalization" mean? In her groundbreaking book, sociologist Saskia Sassen identifies two sets of processes that make up globalization. One is the set of global institutions, such as the World Trade Organization, global financial markets, the War Crime Tribunals, and the new global cosmopolitanism. There is a second set of processes that are frequently ignored by most social scientists and take place inside territories and occur on the national and local level. These can include state monetary and fiscal policy, networks of activists engaged in local struggles that have an explicit or implicit global agenda, and local and national politics that are unknowingly part of global networks containing similar localized efforts. Sassen's new book focuses on the importance of place, scale, and the meaning of the national to study globalization. By emphasizing the interplay between the global and the local, "A Sociology of Globalization" introduces readers to new forms and conditions such as global cities, transnational communities, and commodity chains that are increasingly common. Sassen's expanded approach to globalization offers new interpretive and analytic tools to understand the complex ideas of global interdependence
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In constructing a sociology of globalization for this work, Sassen (sociology, Columbia U.) has adopted an expansive definition that encompasses both the common understanding of globalization as the growing interdependence of the world and the formation of global institutions and the less common notion that processes once conceived of as national have now moved beyond the container of the nation. In other words, she seeks to globalize the local and localize the global, partly by incorporating insights from international relations, economic and political geography, and anthropology. The resulting approach is used to reexamine sociological notions of the state, cities, migration, and emergent global classes in reference to the expanded understanding of globalization. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This groundbreaking study focuses on the importance of place, scale, and nation to the study of globalization.
Sassen identifies two sets of processes that make up globalization: the first and more commonly studied set of processes is global institutions, from the World Trade Organization to the War Crime Tribunals; the second and less frequently explored set of processes occur at the national and local level, including state monetary policy, small-scale activism that has an explicit or implicit global agenda, and local politics. Emphasizing the interplay between global and local phenomena, Sassen insightfully examines new forms and conditions such as global cities, transnational communities, and commodity chains. This unique approach to globalization offers new interpretive and analytic tools to understand the complexity of global interdependence. is part of the Contemporary Societies series.
About the Author
Saskia Sassen is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include Denationalization: Territory, Authority and Right, Global Networks/Linked Cities, Guests and Aliens, and The Global City: New York / London / Tokyo. She has also served as co-director of the Economy Section of the Global Chicago Project, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Data Sets, a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and Chair of the newly formed Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security Committee of the SSRC.
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