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Logic of expulsion

5 Nov
Saskia Sassen at Radboud University

Saskia Sassen at Radboud University

There is a major flow of the very foundations of the neoliberal democracy. Saskia Sassen, who I knew from my course readings about global cities, discussed tonight at Radboud University the flows of dynamic systems like the neoliberal democracy and finance. I was delighted to hear her critique and more about the genealogy of producing two distinct kinds of subjects by those systems. On the one hand is the privileged one and on the other hand is the neglected one.

Sassen brought together particularities such as displaced, unemployed, migrants, citizenship and so on by using the term logic of expulsion. She argued — positioning herself at the periphery, the borders of the systems — that there were mechanism on a global level through which those systems realized their hegemonic projects. Sassen used the less violent word expulsion to stress that some process are obscure and not taken seriously as a threat. According to her particularities may not fully uncover the whole story.

She talked about the global housing market, the economic crisis, mathematical algorithms, the government state and a many more interesting issues. I liked her  critique of the citizenship. She argued that the neoliberal democracy and the accompanying it dynamic systems turned people into consumers of their citizenship. She said that citizenship should be exercised, claimed and constitute one’s virtue.

Although her power point slides were not brilliant,  her speech was well delivered and she had a warm-hearted attitude toward her audience. In the end the audience was engaged in a discussion through which Sasses elaborated on more issues such as some failed projects (i.e. ghost cities) and some promising projects (i.e. Occupy movement, the Right to the City etc).


The Geography of Metrosexualism

15 Jan
New York - a global city

New York – a global city

New York is a global city which has been conceptualized as a site for complex global networks of governmental and non-governmental organizations, markets, business, and migrants (Kim, 2008). Global cities, or also known as world cities, are characterized by the FIRE sector – finance, insurance and real estates that generate large profit margins.  Not only global cities have become special kinds of spaces for generation of capital, but also have they become a crucial site for the construction of a socio-cultural identity and lifestyle of metrosexualism (Knox, 2002).

The aim of my post is to give insights on why the culture of the metrosexual occurred in the global city. I will hypothesize on how the epidemic of metrosexualism started by discussing the importance of David Beckham for promoting the lifestyle. The agents of various urban forms in the global city are important part of the discussion alongside with Castells’ (1984) theory of urban social change.

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