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Sassen - Globalization and Its Discontents

Sassen, S. (1998). Globalization and Its Discontents: Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money. The New Press. ISBN 9781565845183.

Sassen critically discusses the hybridization of global cultures and the impacts of globalization on local and transnational identities. One important aspect of the book is its exploration of the uneven distribution of power and resources in a globalized world. Sassen examines how globalization has led to new forms of economic and social inequalities, particularly in relation to the mobility of people and capital. She analyzes the processes through which certain individuals, corporations, and cities benefit from globalization while others are marginalized or excluded. Sassen also highlights the role of transnational networks and institutions in shaping the dynamics of globalization. She explores the ways in which global cities, financial markets, and international organizations influence and are influenced by global economic forces. Sassen critically assesses the impact of these power structures on local communities, labor markets, and political systems. Furthermore, the book examines the social and cultural consequences of globalization. Sassen discusses how the movement of people, ideas, and cultural practices across borders can lead to both hybridization and homogenization. She reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by the cultural flows and encounters in a globalized world.

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