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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 of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). She is the author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2008), A Sociology of Globalization (2007), and The Global City (1991), and editor of Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales and Subjects (2007). 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 Support Systems (2006), for which she coordinated a network of researchers and activists in 30 countries.
“No other book locates cities (as distinct but changing settlement forms and institutional arrangements) in the world economy so clearly and concisely.” (Renia Ehrenfeucht 2011-05-04)
“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 2011-05-04)
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