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
Introduction: Deciphering the Global
Part One: Microspaces in Global Scalings
Postindustrial Bohemia: Culture, Neighborhood, and the Global Economy
Translocal Civilities: Chinese Modern Dance at Downtown Los Angeles Public Concerts
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
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
Outsourcing Difference: Expatriate Training and the Disciplining of Culture
Producing Global Economy from Below: Chinese Immigrant Transnational Entrepreneurship in Japan
Gracia Liu Farrer
The Sub-national Constitution of Global Financial Markets
Part Three: Shifting Spaces and Subjects of the Political
The City and the Self: The Emergence of New Political Subjects in London
Ghetto Cosmopolitanism: Making Theory at the Margins
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
Illegal Immigrants as Citizens in Malaysia
Global-National Interactions and Sovereign Debt Restructuring Outcomes