Saskia sassen argues that their remarkable similarity arises from their position as command posts in international finance and advanced services for business. The scope of this endeavor is quite staggering and she has to bring an number of different fields under the same conceptual umbrella in order to capture the elusive character of the city. Saskia sassen writes from the perspective of a global economy analyst. It became an effort to detect a new, somewhat elusive formation deep inside major cities. Saskia sassen discusses immigration, cosmopolitanism and importance for global cities. Sassen s 2001a global cities and developmentalist states. Saskia sassen on how the powerless can hack global cities. Saskia sassen is an internationally recognized expert on globalization whose writings have appeared in journals and magazines worldwide. Selection from the globalization and development reader. It needs to factor in laws, accounting practices, logistics, and a broad range of. If you have the appropriate software installed, you can download article citation data to the citation manager of your choice. What distinguishes sassens theoretical framework is the emphasis on the formation of crossborder dynamics through which these cities and the growing number of other. A series of thought leadership debates hosted by the mayor of london during 2012 olympics.
Among older books is the global city princeton university press, 19912001. In the case of global cities, the dy namics and processes that get territorialized are global. Saskia sassen is the ralph lewis professor of sociology at the. Sassen covered specifically new york, london, and tokyo in her book, but there are many more global cities than this. What distinguishes sassens theoretical framework is the emphasis on the. The most strategic instantiation of this unbundling is probably the global city, which. Massive and parallel changes have occurred in new york city since the late 1970s and in london and tokyo since the early 1980s. In this short filmed interview, first in a series produced during the conference decoding asian urbanism held at the south asian institute at harvard. It needs to factor in laws, accounting practices, logistics, and a.
Lynd professor of sociology at columbia university. Lynd professor of sociology at columbia university and centennial visiting professor at the london school of economics. This classic work chronicles how new york, london, and tokyo became command centers for the global economy and in the process underwent a series of massive and parallel changes. Strategic sitenew frontier saskia sassen the master images in the currently dominant account about economic globalization emphasize hypermobility, global communications, the neutraliza tion of place and distance. The two chapters on gender and globalization are much more valuable and more recent here, as she starts in on what she calls the unbundling of sovereignty, the appropriation of political punch from nationstates and the. Enabling economic intermediation and bearing its costs saskia sassen columbia university contesting the widespread notion in the 1980s that place no longer mattered to highly digitized economic sectors turned out to be the first step towards conceptualizing the global city function. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app.
The global city function is made, and that process of making is complex and multifaceted. The geography and composition of globalization part 2. The article attempts to explore and understand the concept of global cities as used by renowned sociologist dr. Saskia sassen born in the hague, january 5, 1949 is a dutch sociologist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. For centuries, the world economy has shaped the life of cities. Globalization and its discontents saskia sassen download. While sassen is known worldwide for her concept of the global city describing a metro area that by itself plays a leading role in the worlds socioeconomic network in this interview she brings. Sassen is one of the worlds leading authorities on globalization, immigration, new technologies and global cities. The economic order of the global city 85 five the producer services 90 the category services 92 the spatial organization of finance 110 new forms of centrality 122 conclusion 126 six global. And thats pretty much true of the rest of the book.
She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, ranging from multiple doctor honoris causa to named lectures and being selected as one of the 100 top global thinkers. Perspectives on development and global change, 2nd edition book. Saskia sassen columbia university in the city of new york. What distinguishes sassens theoretical framework is the emphasis on the formation of crossborder dynamics through which these cities and the growing. The question then becomes how to identify these cities, and perhaps to.
The global city overlooked, fact is that even minor global cities have invented new instruments and built new markets, often based on a single commodity. In this world then, a global city is a significant production point of specialized financial and producer services that make the globalized economy run. Globalization and its discontents by saskia sassen 1998. Globalization and digitization have brought with them an incipient. The concept comes from geography and urban studies, and the idea that globalization is created, facilitated, and enacted in strategic geographic locales according to a hierarchy of importance to the operation of the global system of finance and trade. Her research and writing focuses on globalization including social, economic and political dimensions, immigration, global cities including cities and terrorism, the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current. Saskia sassen born january 5, 1947 is a dutchamerican sociologist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. The global city hypothesis proposed by saskia sassen and subsequently developed by manuel castells and others in the theory of a globalized urban network has in recent years formed the basis for the argument that power and control in transnational firms tncs is primarily situated in global headoffices. Saskia sassens research and writing focuses on globalization including social, economic and political dimensions, immigration, global cities including cities and terrorism, the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.
Such offices are located in key urban centres such as london, new york or tokyo. Now available in paperback, globalization and its discontents is a collection of sassens essays dealing with topics such as the global city, gender and migration reconceived as the globalization of labor. There is a tendency in that account to take the existence. Sassens own book on the global city scoops these chapters. Saskia sassen ebooks epub and pdf downloads ebookmall. Saskia sassen on before method social science space. Simply select your manager software from the list below and click on. Start reading the global city on your kindle in under a minute. Finally, sassen examines the impact of these new forms of, and conditions for, growth on the social order of the global city. The fourth edition of cities in a world economy shows how certain characteristics of our turnofthemillennium flows of money, information and people have le.
Others scholars such as peter marcuse and ronald van kempen globalizing cities. The chapter is less about persuasion as it is about the presentation of a global trend. Click here to download a pdf transcript of this conversation. For instance, it is clear that sassens influential global city approach is presented as a specific analytical construct rather than as a mere attempt to refine existing. Then came 8 years of endless data analyses and exciting. A global city, also called a power city, world city, alpha city or world center, is a city which is a primary node in the global economic network. Dutchamerican sociologist saskia sassen gives a general introduction of her early research on the global city and explains how the concept is. Contesting the widespread notion in the 1980s that place no longer mattered to highly digitized economic sectors turned out to be the first step towards conceptualizing the global city function. What distinguishes sassens theoretical framework is the emphasis on the formation of crossborder dynamics through which these cities and the growing number of other global cities begin to form strategic transnational networks. The global city in particular enables global corporate capital, by providing specialized capabilities and worldclass supplies of professional workers.1213 1167 157 1528 604 685 1036 1500 1551 1280 805 270 752 236 196 355 752 1337 324 736 252 1240 953 1193 1306 710 123 115 501 1356 850