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Saskia Sassen

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 8: Global Cities: Places for Researching the Translocal

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Global Cities: Places for Researching the Translocal
Global Cities: Places for Researching the Translocal
Saskia Sassen

Global cities are complex territories in a grid of cross-boundary geographies. They are not bounded units. Nor are these cities simply one step on the ladder of the traditional hierarchy that puts cities above the neighborhood and below the regional, the national, and the global. Rather, these cities are or are becoming one of the spaces of the global for actors as diverse as finance and civil society. They engage the global directly, often bypassing the national.

Some cities may have had this capacity long before the current era. But today these conditions extend to a growing number of cities and to a growing number of ...

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