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.
The language of “more” – more inequality, more poverty, more imprisonment, more environmental destruction is insufficient to mark the proliferation of extreme versions of familiar conditions we are seeing worldwide. In her new book, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, Saskia Sassen develops concepts that seek to capture these extreme conditions.
In this LSE Cities public lecture, Sassen shared reflections from Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. The book explores how today’s socioeconomic and environmental dislocations can be understood as a type of expulsion—from professional livelihood, from living space, even from the very biosphere that makes life possible.