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Cities in a World Economy by Saskia Sassen


Cities in a World Economy by Saskia Sassen

The Fourth Edition of Cities in a World Economy shows how certain characteristics of our turn-of-the-millennium flows of money, information and people have led to the emergence of a new social formation: global cities. These developments give new meaning to such fixtures of urban sociology as the centrality of place and the importance of geography in our social world. New to the Fourth Edition: * new chapter (8) analysing the challenges and vulnerabilities facing major cities in terms of three major challenges: (1) the environment, (2) global financial crisis, and (3) asymmetric war * new section in chapter 3 on global migrations * new section in Chapter 4 on comparing global cities * presents three new case studies in Chapter 5: (1) comparing Shanghai and Hong Kong, (2) the Gulf States, and (3) Istanbul Key Features: * takes a multidisciplinary approach to urban sociology, supported by global examples * examines the impact of global processes on the social structure of cities, increasing students' world awareness * strikes an ideal balance between maintaining academic rigor and employing new and innovative concepts * discusses in Chapter 7 a unique perspective on the highly gendered and unequal nature of the global city, and how it forces the underprivileged to live a dangerous and unpredictable life on global survival circuits


I enjoy teaching with this book. It is much more challenging than a traditional textbook, and students learn about globalization, post-industrialization, stratification, gender and race inequality, and of course the importance of urbanization and the rise of global cities. -- Stephanie Moller No other book locates cities (as distinct but changing settlement forms and institutional arrangements) in the world economy so clearly and concisely. -- Renia Ehrenfeucht

About the Author

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University ( She is the author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (WWNorton 2007), the edited Deciphering the Globa: Its Spaces, Scales and Subjects (Routledge 2007), and The Global City. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She is the editor of the volume on urban sustainability in the new 14-volume Encyclopedia of Life-Systems being (Oxford: EOLSS (2006), for which she coordinated a network of researchers and activists in thirty countries.

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Publication date

3rd November 2011


Saskia Sassen

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SAGE Publications Inc


424 pages


Urban communities
Urban economics



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