This hard-headed critique updates our understanding of economics for the twenty-first century, exposing a system with devastating consequences even for those who think they are not vulnerable. From finance to mining, the complex types of knowledge and technology we have come to admire are used too often in ways that produce elementary brutalities. These have evolved into predatory formationsassemblages of knowledge, interests, and outcomes that go beyond a firm's or an individual's or a government's project.
Sassen draws surprising connections to illuminate the systemic logic of these expulsions. The sophisticated knowledge that created today's financial "instruments" is paralleled by the engineering expertise that enables exploitation of the environment, and by the legal expertise that allows the world's have-nations to acquire vast stretches of territory from the have-nots. Expulsions lays bare the extent to which the sheer complexity of the global economy makes it hard to trace lines of responsibility for the displacements, evictions, and eradications it producesand equally hard for those who benefit from the system to feel responsible for its depredations.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Savage Sorting 1
1 Shrinking Economies, Growing Expulsions 12
2 The New Global Market for Land 80
3 Finance and Its Capabilities: Crisis as Systemic Logic 117
4 Dead Land, Dead Water 149
Conclusion: At the Systemic Edge 211