Cities in a World Economy presents sociologists with a new perspective on the study of urban sociology. The decentralization and privatization of the world′s economies has radically altered such things as the organization of labour, the structure of consumption, and the distribution of earnings in ways that have yet to be fully realized. In a world economy that is truly more global than it has ever been, the Second Edition of this popular textbook addresses the need to account for the global economies′ increasing influence on the social structures of cities.
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Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). 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.Review:
"The third edition of the book tries to show how certain characteristics of our turn-of-the-millenium flows of money, information, and people have led to the emergence of 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 the social world." (APADE 2006-12-05)
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