By Saskia Sassen

ISBN-10: 0691095388

ISBN-13: 9780691095387

ISBN-10: 0691136459

ISBN-13: 9780691136455

The place does the countryside finish and globalization start? In Territory, Authority, Rights, one of many world's prime specialists on globalization exhibits how the nationwide kingdom made latest worldwide period attainable. Saskia Sassen argues that even whereas globalization is better understood as "denationalization," it remains to be formed, channeled, and enabled by way of associations and networks initially constructed with countries in brain, comparable to the rule of thumb of legislation and appreciate for personal authority. This technique of kingdom making produced a few of the functions permitting the worldwide period. the adaptation is that those functions became a part of new organizing logics: actors except realms install them for brand new reasons. Sassen builds her case by way of interpreting how 3 elements of any society in any age--territory, authority, and rights--have replaced in themselves and of their interrelationships throughout 3 significant ancient "assemblages": the medieval, the nationwide, and the worldwide. The ebook involves 3 elements. the 1st, "Assembling the National," lines the emergence of territoriality within the heart a long time and considers monarchical divinity as a precursor to sovereign secular authority. the second one half, "Disassembling the National," analyzes monetary, felony, technological, and political stipulations and initiatives which are shaping new organizing logics. The 3rd half, "Assemblages of an international electronic Age," examines specific intersections of the hot electronic applied sciences with territory, authority, and rights. Sweeping in scope, wealthy intimately, and hugely readable, Territory, Authority, Rights is a definitive new assertion on globalization that may resonate in the course of the social sciences.

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These can, then, be conceived of as capabilities that can jump tracks and get lodged in novel logics, projects, or path dependencies. This in turn raises the issue as to the formation of an American national sovereign, given the absence of medieval lineages, a subject I address in chapter 3. How did an American centralized sovereign—a sovereign constituted as the source of authority and law—arise out of a loose confederacy of autonomous localities deriving their authority directly from common law and the Constitution?

These transformations are internal to the national state and hence to be distinguished from current notions of postnational citizenship. I will refer to them as denationalized forms of citizenship. In the context of significant but not necessarily absolute transformations in the condition of the national generally and the national state in particular, addressing the question of citizenship requires a specific stance. It is possible to posit that at the most abstract or formal level not much has changed over the last century in the essential features of citizenship.

This capacity to privatize and denationalize entails specific transformations of some of the components of the national state. Second, I posit that this new institutional order also has normative authority—a new normativity not embedded in what has been and to some extent remains the master normativity of modern times: raison d’état. This new normativity comes from the world of private power 22 CHAPTER ONE yet installs itself in the public realm and in so doing contributes to denationalize what had historically been constructed as national state agendas.

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