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Global Cities and Survival Circuits

By Emily Dao and Talisha (Writing 39C Spring 2013)

Talisha Salinas

on 26 April 2013

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Transcript of Global Cities and Survival Circuits

Global Cities and
Survival Circuits By: Emily Dao & Talisha Salinas
Saskia Sassen Summary Continued Sources/Evidence Author Solution Central problem Discussion Questions Dutch-American Sociologist
Researches globalization and human international migration
Obtained a PhD at Notre Dame in 1974
Currently is the Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

There is a demand for migrant workers ever since globalization began.
Women migrate from 3rd world countries to First world countries to work for the rich by taking over what was once a women’s typical job (such as becoming a nanny).
Women in Global cities helped create the need for migrant women.
For women, labor migration increased economic freedom despite low wages.
Women are exposed to losing their benefits, unpleasant experiences, sexual and other forms of labor exploitation.
Most women think that by escaping their country problems they will find a better life somewhere else, in result to this, migrant workers are increasingly women.

Sassen describes two issues:
“Whether globalization has enabled formerly nation or regional processes to go global” (pg. 255)
“Whether globalization has produced a new kind of migration, with new conditions and dynamics of its own” (pg. 255)

Sassen had 33 sources total throughout this paper.
Didn’t use any interviews.
She has a lot of statistics on the economies and how the problem is continuing to grow.
EX: “The United Nations estimates that 4 million people were trafficked in 1998, producing a profit of $7 billion for criminal groups” (pg. 268).
Sassen doesn’t offer a solution directly.
“In order to understand how economic globalization relates to the extraction of services from the Third World to fulfill what was once the First World woman’s domestic role, we must look at globalization in a way that emphasizes some of these concrete conditions” (pg. 273)
1. How can international organizations handle violations of human and political rights among immigrant workers?

2. What could be done to help lower the demand for service workers from Third World countries?

Author: The End
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