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Soaring income inequality and unemployment, expanding populations of the displaced and imprisoned, accelerating destruction of land and water bodies: today's socioeconomic and environmental dislocations cannot be fully understood in the usual terms of poverty and injustice, according to Saskia Sassen. They are more accurately understood as a type of expulsion--from profess ...more
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Published May 5th 2014 by Belknap Press
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ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos)(RK)
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: money-stuff

I finished reading Expulsions by Saskia Sassen over a month ago. I have procrastinated on the review for numerous reasons. Foremost, was my sense that, although the book seemed to be illuminatingly clear to me, I doubted that I had the background to really do it justice. As a result, I took a step back to learn more of Sassen's thought. I started reading her Territory-Authority-Rights (2006). Whereas I had flown through Exclusions, T-A-R is a slog, if for no other reason than every paragraph lea
Paul Wolinsky
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely timely book, which, while written in a kind of academic style, is nonetheless important to consider. I say "academic style" because there are times when its author Saskia Sassen (Columbia U.) uses words like "intermediation" "systematicity" or "instrumentalities." While none of these words is completely confusing, I suppose, I think such a book would be improved if its author were to explain what she means, rather than using this complicated jargon.

On the other hand, the iss
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great research and presentation of the main 'expulsions' people are experiencing - expulsion from jobs, from homes, from land, and eventually, from the planet.

The author suggests that these more quantifiable trends are only some of the manifestations of expulsion, the greater reality remaining mainly 'subterranean'. Though the author attributes these trends to the neoliberal paradigm of 'parasitic elites' enabled by weak or complicit governments, I was a bit disappointed at times that this analy
Martin Hoogeboom
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you still have faith in humanity and the future of our planet: do NOT read this book. Saskia Sassen teaches us how ecological and socially unacceptable practices provide so-called dead spots on our planet. If companies appropriate large pieces of land in weakened states, the age-old living area of indigenous groups with a great bio diversity will change into a plantation full of pesticides where people work for a starvation wage. When the soil is exhausted and polluted, a dead spot remains. A ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recently, I have been trying to read books from the very last chapter first in order, this gives you the instant satisfaction of getting to know the points/theme/conclusions of the book. So this book gives me the instant image of Chris Hedges's inverted totalitarianism. Professor Sassen uses some interesting WHO, World Bank and IMF data to support her claim directly against the corporations. She stops short of "claiming" IMF, and World Bank are the culprits for the massive expulsions of the midd ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
My real problem with this book is that it is simply a collection of random things that have happened in the past few decades in the world without anything written to tie them together at all. I can only guess that the author felt that this juxtaposition of different stories would prove to be similar enough in different ways as to prove some sort of point. The trouble is, what's the point? I get that it is interesting that environmental devastating through mining has been somewhat constant in its ...more
Sara G.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sarà che ho già letto diversi libri sull'economia globale e mi sono fatta un'idea piuttosto chiara delle tendenze in atto, ma ho trovato questo libro - nonstante le ottime intenzioni - di una noia mortale. Scritto con l'asettica pedanteria di una tesi di laurea, sforna dati e grafici a fondamento della tesi (assolutamente condivisibile) delle "espulsioni", senza riuscire a costruire una narrazione che vada oltre il semplice elenco di dati. Siamo ad anni luce da Naomi Klein, per dire, ma anche da ...more
Eric Bottorff
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll need to think on this book more before I really formulate a fully thought-out opinion. On the one hand, I'm bothered by the analytically vague argument at the heart of the book. And I'm equally bothered by the occasionally elementary mistakes and misleading choices and omissions when it comes to the presentation of her data. On the other hand, some part of me also thinks she is basically getting the big picture right, and that the aforementioned vagueness is actually justified and works to ...more
Lette Hass
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory
La figura de "la expulsión"... quizá el término más adecuado para hablar de las brutalidades constantes que han evolucionado hacia formaciones depredadoras en la actualidad. Una lectura crítica a la desigualdad, el desempleo, la expansión de poblaciones de desplazados y encarcelamientos. La destrucción de tierra y CUERPOS DE AGUA, y las múltiples desviaciones en de la mirada hacia el otro. Todo tipo de abuso, ya no es solo eso, llego al nivel de todo lo que implica la gramática de la EXPULSIÓN.. ...more
Neil H
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Capitalism, financial innovation, efficiency. These are the words we do not equate easily with negative connotations. But in Saskia's work, these words loom stealthily in subterranean and upwards. Pursuit of capital with financial innovation and efficiency in drawing the finite earth resources. All in the name of profits for mega companies looking at short-term goals which excludes those who are not in their corporate board, or shareholders. As enumerated, the 80s was the start of the new smalle ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent book overall, that weaves together a massive amount of core research in how we have scaled up into an age of uncontrollable and unavoidable mining and monetisation, and how this is creating the expulsion of people from their land worldwide. Told with a strong voice and academic rigour, this book is grim but important.

A bit marred by a confusing Chapter 3, that uses too much domain-specific language to make it easy to read (from a non-expert in banking).
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incisive, original and well-founded: essential reading for those coming to grips with 2017 reality. The lens of expulsion cuts away chaff and leaves only a stark clarity. Sassen leaves no stone uncriticized in the search for an overarching pattern of late-stage capitalism. If you like Zygmunt Bauman, you'll like this book.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sassens premise here is great (the movement from Keynesian to extraction economies) but I don't think this theme is really carried through the book. I thought the derivatives chapter was great!
Martijn Van
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspirerend, belangrijk en deprimerend.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Un libro interesante que abarca temas que van desde la desigualdad a la pobreza o el cambio climático. Numerosas gráficas y bibliografía.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Espulsioni è un testo fondamentale per provare a capire come sta evolvendo il sistema capitalistico. Attraverso un’eccellente bibliografia il libro costruisce una solida ipotesi servendo di una “cassetta degli attrezzi” decisamente utile a chi è interessato ad indagare le recenti evoluzioni dell’economia globale. Poiché le parole sono importanti, la ricerca di termini che possano dare significato ai mutamenti socioeconomici in atto, è in realtà difficoltosa e spesso insufficiente, e Saskia Sasse ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: landscape architects, architects, all
Recommended to Annick by: Ethel Baraona
I bought this book following two friends' suggestion. I have a particular interest in the fourth chapter as it has a direct link with my research on resource territories and waste territories. Saskia Sassen poses the question of exclusion at many levels: socio-economic, political and biospheric. The first ones are a classic if you're a reader of her books. The last one, the biospheric, is new but it reflects a new trend that will be playing a significant role in this new era. Yes the very concer ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fys-sociology
Very enlightening as it connects many different aspects together from the economy to the land to incarceration rates. A great sociological read to find out what has been expelled from our knowledge and understanding on the way the world works.
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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.

After being a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International A

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