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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (11 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393927261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393927269
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 21.1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

In her groundbreaking book, sociologist Saskia Sassen identifies two sets of processes that make up globalisation. One is the set of global institutions, such as the World Trade Organization, global financial markets, the War Crimes Tribunals and the new global cosmopolitanism. However, there is a second set of processes, frequently ignored by most social scientists, that occur on the national and local level. These processes 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 localised efforts. Sassen's new book focuses on the importance of place, scale and the meaning of the national to study globalisation. By emphasising 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 globalisation offers new interpretive and analytic tools to understand the complex ideas of global interdependence.

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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