Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages
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Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages

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Where does the nation-state end and globalization begin? In "Territory, Authority, Rights," one of the world's leading authorities on globalization shows how the national state made today's global era possible. Saskia Sassen argues that even while globalization is best understood as "denationalization," it continues to be shaped, channeled, and enabled by institutions and...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published April 1st 2006)
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Ridiculously dense reading, but the basic theory is quite provocative. Starting from an assumption that all societies are organized around specific "assemblages of territory, authority and rights" or "TAR", she traces the development of three historic periods or modes of assembling TAR: the medieval, that national, and the global. She seeks not simply to illuminate the nature of each assemblage, a significant enough task in itself, but to understand the dynamics of transition and development thr...more
A new global order based on the standardization of consensus and the power of infrastructures

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If you're looking for over-the-top verbosity in your dense, academic texts, then this book is for you. I don't understand how this book got past the editor in its current form - and I read the updated version.

That complaint aside, the proposal she's putting out there is quite useful. Contrary to common arguments that globalization represents a break with the nation-state, Sassen, dropping in historically over the course of 1,000 years, shows how globalization is actually a morphing of previously...more
It's not an easy swim through Sassen's prose, but her analysis of globalization is subtle enough to merit the density. Globalization is not a process of de-nationalization, but is rather dependent on intra-national forces in addition, forming an assemblage. Similar to Negri's theory, but without the vision of Empire as a giant python that seeks to constrict all of us. Furthermore, every historical stage has been dependent on a sort of assemblage system, pre-capitalist, capitalist, network capita...more
Duncan Mchale
I couldn't read this book. In part it's because it's over my head (using lots of social science technical terms and referring to scholarly issues that I'm not familiar with) and in part because the writing style is impenetrable. I don't know how she does it, but Saskia Sassen writes in an abstruse style that makes it hard (for me at least) to follow what she's talking about. That's too bad, because what got me interested in reading the book was hearing her talk about it. She communicated excitem...more
This book is practically unreadable, and is an excellent argument against "us[ing] history as a series of natural experiments to raise the level of complexity through which to understand our move into a global age" (404). Oversimplifying and distorting historical fact does not add complexity to anything; it makes me seriously question the validity of your argument even if it is otherwise airtight (and I don't think it is to begin with).

powerhouse book. globalization rerquires the internal reorganization of states (generally speaking power shifts from the legislative branch to the executive and the courts take on strategic functions) grounds my disarticulation thesis (even tho i came up with that before reading this one)
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Brilliance. Sheer brilliance.
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Saskia Sassen (born in The Hague, January 5, 1949) is a Dutch sociologist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. She is currently Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Sassen coined the term global city. She is married to the sociologist Richard Sennett.

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