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Territory, Authority, Rights by Saskia Sassen
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Jan 05, 2010

bookshelves: sociology, neoliberalism-and-postmodernity
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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 capitalist. By grounding her analyses of networks in rigorous, Marxist-informed history, Sassen proves herself to be infinitely wiser than the obnoxious internet gurus who mindlessly heap praise on networks and emergence in the pages of Newsweek. It's more complicated than that people!

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