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Saskia Sassen: Expulsions

Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

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.


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  • Saskia Sassen

    Saskia Sassen

    Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and co-chairs its Committee on Global Thought. Her research and writing focuses on, immigration, global cities, the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Her most recent book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). She has received multiple honours, most recently the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.

  • Ash Amin

    Professor Ash Amin is 1931 Chair in Geography and Fellow of Christ's College at the University of Cambridge.

    Professor Amin is known for his thinking on the geographies of modern living, through his research on cities as relational performances, globalisation as everyday process, economy as cultural habit, and race and multiculture as the hybrid of biopolitics and vernacular practices. He has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at a number of European Universities. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2014 for his contributions to social science.  Before joining Cambridge in 2011, he was the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University.

  • Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the LSE and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He was curator of the Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition at the 2016 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and contributed to the United Nations Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanisation in Quito. He was a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission from 2012 to 2015 and is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and the USA.