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Deciphering the Global
Its Scales, Spaces and Subjects

Edited By

Saskia Sassen

ISBN 9780415957335
Published April 2, 2007 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Saskia Sassen is Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Deciphering the Global

Saskia Sassen

Part One: Microspaces in Global Scalings

Postindustrial Bohemia: Culture, Neighborhood, and the Global Economy

Richard Lloyd

Translocal Civilities: Chinese Modern Dance at Downtown Los Angeles Public Concerts

Marina Peterson

Re-Imagining Old Havana: World Heritage and the Production of Scale in Late Socialist Cuba

Matthew J. Hill

Becoming Global?: Evangelism and Transnational Practices in Russian Society

Sarah Busse Spencer

Deciphering the local in a global neoliberal age: Three favelas in São Paulo, Brazil

Simone Buechler


Part Two: Translocal Circuits and their Mobilities

Locating Transnational Activists:

The United States Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Confines of the National

Evalyn W. Tennant

Deciphering the Space and Scale of Global Nomadism: Subjectivity and Counterculture in a Global Age

Anthony D’Andrea

Outsourcing Difference: Expatriate Training and the Disciplining of Culture

Heather Hindman

Producing Global Economy from Below: Chinese Immigrant Transnational Entrepreneurship in Japan

Gracia Liu Farrer

The Sub-national Constitution of Global Financial Markets

Rachel Harvey

Part Three: Shifting Spaces and Subjects of the Political


The City and the Self: The Emergence of New Political Subjects in London

Anne Bartlett

Ghetto Cosmopolitanism: Making Theory at the Margins

Rami Nashashibi

Deregulating Markets, Reregulating Crime: Extralegal Policing & the Penal State in Mexico

Jennifer L. Johnson

The Transnational Human Rights Movement and States of Emergency in Israel/Palestine

Josh Kaplan

Illegal Immigrants as Citizens in Malaysia

Kamal Sadiq

Global-National Interactions and Sovereign Debt Restructuring Outcomes

Giselle Datz

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Saskia Sassen is Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.


"Globalization is not just about changing relations between the ‘inside’ of the nation-state and the ‘outside’ of the international system. It cuts across received categories, creating myriad multilayered intersections, overlapping playing fields, and actors skilled at working across these boundaries. People are at once rooted and rootless, local producers and global consumers, threatened in their identities yet continually remaking those identities. Deciphering the Global analyzes such complex worlds, looking not merely at ‘glocalization’ or ‘transnationalization’ but at the global macrocosm within the human—social, economic and political—microcosm."

—Philip G. Cerny, Professor of Global Political Economy, Rutgers University

"A rich collection of studies that surfaces the dynamic articulation of the global and the national. This book is an exciting expedition that establishes new theoretical and methodological beachheads in the study of globalization." 

—Walden Bello, author of Deglobalization and 2003 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award


"Sassen’s edited collection is a rich potpourri of highly readable, theoretically sophisticated and empirically fascinating accounts of partial processes and experiences of globalization."

—Roger Keil, Director, The City Institute at York University and co-editor of The Global Cities Reader