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Saskia Sassen (born 1949 at The Hague, in The Netherlands) is an American sociologist and economist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. She currently is professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, and at the London School of Economics. Sassen coined the term global city. She is married to the sociologist Richard Sennett.
Sassen grew up in Buenos Aires, where her parents moved in 1950. She also spent a part of her youth in Italy and says she was "brought up in five languages" . From 1966, she spent a year each at the Université de Poitiers, France, the Università degli Studi di Roma, and the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, for studies in philosophy and political science. From 1969, Sassen studied sociology and economics at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, where she obtained M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 1971 and 1974, respectively. In addition, she obtained a French master's degree in philosophy in Poitiers in 1974. After being a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, Sassen held various academic positions both in and outside the USA. She currently is Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and Centennial Visiting Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Sassen emerged as a prolific author in urban sociology. She studied the impact globalisation processes, and the movements of labour and capital which they involve, have on urban life. She also studied the influence of communication technology on governance. Sassen observed how nation states begin to lose power to control these developments, and she studied increasing general transnationalism, including transnational human migration. She identified and described the phenomenon of the global city. Her 1991 book bearing this title quickly made her a frequently quoted author on globalisation worldwide. A revised and updated edition of her book was published in 2001. She currently (2006) is pursuing her research and writing on immigration and globalization, with her "denationalization" and "transnationalism" projects (see Bibliography and External Links, below). Sassen's books have been translated into twelve languages.
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- "The ideas interview: Saskia Sassen -- John Sutherland meets a social scientist who argues that we need to understand the full complexities and dangers of globalisation.", in The Guardian, Tuesday July 4 2006, available online at .
- "How Population Lies : True, big cities no longer draw big numbers. But that doesn't mean their power is slipping too.", in Newsweek International, July 3-10 2006, available online at .
- "Migration policy: from control to governance : In the United States and Europe alike, immigration policy isn't working -- and the failure is most evident at the crossing-points of the rich and poor worlds, from the Mexican border to the Canary Islands.", in Open Democracy, July 13, 2006, available online at .
- [book] Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, May 2006) ISBN 0-691-09538-8.
- [book] Elements for a Sociology of Globalization [or A Sociology of Globalization] (W.W. Norton, forthcoming 2006) ISBN 0-393-92726-1.
- [book] Cities in a world economy (Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Pine Forge Press, 2006) updated 3rd ed., original 1994; Series: Sociology for a new century, ISBN 1-4129-3680-2.
- [book] Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm, eds. Robert Latham and Saskia Sassen (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005) ISBN 0-691-11986-4, ISBN 0-691-11987-2.
- "Electronic markets and activist networks: The weight of social logics in digital formations", in Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm, eds. Robert Latham and Saskia Sassen (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005) ISBN 0-691-11986-4, ISBN 0-691-11987-2, p. 54-88.
- "The repositioning of citizenship and alienage: Emergent subjects and spaces for politics", in Globalizations, volume 2, number 1, (2005), p. 79-94.
- "Regulating Immigration in a Global Age: A New Policy Landscape", in Parallax, volume 11, number 1 (2005), p. 35-45.
- "Comment: We seem to have forgotten history", in The Guardian, Thursday February 26, 2004; available online .
- "What happens when we look at the history of immigration for clues about what is a constraint and what is a possibility? Historical demography shows us that all European societies have incorporated foreign immigrant groups and that it has often taken no more than a few generations to turn them into a community that can experience solidarity..."
- "Beyond sovereignty: de facto transnationalism in immigration policy", in eds. Friedmann, Jonathan and Randeria, Shalini, Worlds on the move : globalization, migration, and cultural security (London ; New York : Tauris 2004) xix, 372 p., 24 см, Series : Toda institute book series on global peace and policy 6, ISBN 1-86064-951-3.
- "Going Beyond the National State in the USA: The Politics of Minoritized Groups in Global Cities", in Diogenes, volume 51, number 3 (2004), p. 59-65.
- "The new lords of Africa", in The Guardian (UK), July 9, 2003; available online ; also in Peacework, volume 30, number 338, September 2003, p. 20-21, ISSN 0748-0725; available online .
- [book] Global networks, linked cities, ed. Saskia Sassen (New York : Routledge, 2002) ISBN 0-415-93162-2, ISBN 0-415-93163-0.
- "Mediating practices : women with/in cyberspace", in eds. John Armitage and Joanne Roberts, Living with cyberspace : technology & society in the 21st century (London : Athlone ; New York : Continuum, 2002) viii, 203 p., ISBN 0-485-00444-5, ISBN 0-485-00636-7, ISBN 0-8264-6035-6, ISBN 0-8264-6036-4.
- [book] The global city : New York, London, Tokyo (Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001) updated 2d ed., original 1991; ISBN 0-691-07063-6. [see forward]
- "Special report: Terrorism in the US — A message from the global south", in The Guardian, Wednesday September 12, 2001; available online .
- "Yesterday's attack brings home the fact that we cannot hide behind our peace and prosperity. The evidence has been growing but our leaders did not want to see it. The horrors of wars and deaths far away in the global south do not register. But missile shields cannot protect us. Powerful states cannot fully escape bricolage terrorism, nail bombs, elementary nuclear devices, and homemade biological weapons.
- "The growth of debt and unemployment, and the decline of traditional economic sectors, has fed an illegal trade in people..."
- "Special report: refugees in Britain — Unstoppable immigrants", in The Guardian, Tuesday September 12, 2000; available online .
- "...the debate about whether or not to allow the entry of foreign hi-tech workers is but one element of a far broader and more fundamental reconfiguring of specialised labour markets under the impact of economic globalisation."
- "Refugees in Britain: special report — Home truths: The notion that the west is threatened with mass invasions of immigrants is a myth", in The Guardian, Saturday April 15, 2000; available online .
- "Women's burden : counter-geographies of globalization and the feminization of survival", in Journal of international affairs, [New York], volume 53, number 2, p. 504-524, 2000, ISSN 0022-197X.
- [book] Guests and aliens (New York: New Press, 1999) ISBN 1-56584-608-7.
- Cities : between global actors and local conditions (College Park, MD. : Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of Maryland, c1999) "The 1997 Lefrak monograph".
- "Beyond Sovereignty: De-Facto Transnationalism in Immigration Policy", in European Journal of Migration and Law, volume 1, p. 177-198, 1999; also published as The De-facto Transnationalizing of Immigration Policy (Florence: Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute, 1996).
- "Global financial centers", in Foreign affairs, [New York], volume 78, number 1, p. 75-87, 1999, ISSN 0015-7120.
- The De-facto Transnationalizing of Immigration Policy (Florence: Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute, 1996); [also published as "Beyond Sovereignty: De-Facto Transnationalism in Immigration Policy", in European Journal of Migration and Law, volume 1, 1999, p. 177-198.]
- [book] Globalization and its discontents. Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money (New York: New Press, 1998), ISBN 1-56584-518-8.
- [book] Losing control? Sovereignty in An Age of Globalization (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996) Series : University seminars — Leonard Hastings Schoff memorial lectures, ISBN 0-231-10608-4.
- Transnational economies and national migration policies (Amsterdam : Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam, 1996) ISBN 90-5589-038-3.
- "Analytic borderlands : race, gender and representation in the new city", in ed. King, Anthony D., Re-presenting the city : ethnicity, capital, and culture in the 21st-century metropolis (New York : New York University Press, 1996) p. 183-202, ISBN 0-8147-4678-0, ISBN 0-8147-4679-9.
- [with Morita, Kiriro], "The New illegal immigration in Japan 1980-1992", in The international migration review (New York : Center for Migration Studies, 1994), volume 28, number 1, p. 153-163, ISSN 0197-9183.
- [book] The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991) 1st ed. ISBN 0-691-07063-6.
- [with Smith, Robert] Post-industrial employment and third world immigration : casualization and the new Mexican migration in New York (New York, N.Y. : Columbia University, Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies, 1991) Series : Papers on Latin America #26.
- [book] The Mobility of Labor and Capital. A Study in International Investment and Labor Flow (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998) ISBN 0-521-38672-1.
- New York City's informal economy (Los Angeles, Calif. : University of California Los Angeles, Institute for Social Science Research, [1988?]) Series : ISSR working papers in the social sciences, 1988-89, volume 4, number 9.
- [as Sassen-Koob, Saskia] Non-dominant ethnic populations as a possible component of the U.S. political economy : the case of blacks and Chicanos (Dissertation, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1974).
- [as Sassen-Koob, Saskia] Social stratification, ethnicity and ideology : Anglos and Chicanos in the United States (Thesis, M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1971).
 See also
- Human migration
- International trade
- Nation states
- Rural depopulation
 External links
- Sassen's page at the University of Chicago
- Sassen's page at the London School of Economics
- The Transnationalism Project, University of Chicago
- Downloadable PDFs of Sassen's papers at the University of Chicago's Transnationalism project website
- Work and the global economy Sep 2 2002, Chicago Public Radio
- Immigration Policy May 8 2002, Chicago Public Radio
- Globalization & World Cities, site at Loughborough University UK, founded by Peter Hall, Sassen, and Nigel Thriftde:Saskia Sassen