This week we read Saskia Sassen’s Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, an exploration of the underlying systems of logic that drive displacement, resource extraction and, ultimately, inequality. Sassen discusses the financial tools, strategies and “instruments” by which corporations and nations amass land, wealth and resources, from the securitizing of subprime mortgages leading to the financial crisis, to the extraction of resource from countries whose public sector shrinks in response. Listen as Rachel, B, and John discuss why this read was so refreshing and illuminating for theorists like us, especially as a model for incorporating data and concrete, contemporary examples into critical political/social theory. Why expulsions and not ‘neoliberalism’ or ‘capitalism’, we ask and and attempt to answer. We also lament the sad lack of advice questions and dreams in need of analysis from our listeners, and talk about Hegel party fouls instead. We know this will change in advance of our next episode! Why? Because we trust you.
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- Sassen on gated communities, at livemint
- Sassen on TTIP and trade, at Open Democracy
- Sassen on the euphemistic use of ‘migration’, at The Guardian
- Some of Sassen’s other books: The Global City (2001); Sociology of Globalization (2007)
- Sassen’s talk on Expulsions at SOAS, University of London in April 2015
- Review of Expulsions at The Cranky Sociologist and Work, Employment, and Society