Saskia Sassen


Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Publicado el 15/05/2012 por 

SUBVERSIVE FORUM – THE FUTURE OF EUROPE, Zagreb, 14. 5. 2012

Lecture: Saskia Sassen: The Global Street: Making
the Political

This essay explores key vectors in the uprisings of the MENA region from an urban perspective. The aim is to open up a larger conceptual field to understand the complex interactions between power and powerlessness as they get shaped in urban space. I argue that the city makes visible the limits of superior military power and, most importantly, that cities enable powerlessness to become complex, not simply elementary. In this complexity lies the possibility of making history and remaking the political. The question of public space is central to giving the powerless rhetorical and operational openings. But that public space needs to be distinguished from the concept of public space in the European tradition, a space for ritualized routines and practices. In contrast, what I call The Global Street is a space for making the political and the social…

Saskia Sassen
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2008), A Sociology of Globalization (2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (2012). Among older books is The Global City 1991/2001). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. 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 of 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine.

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