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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 22/04/2008

Saskia Sassen on the dynamics of immigrants

In an interview with Isolde Charim, American sociologist Saskia Sassen puts forward the theory that immigrants play a key role in the development of societies. "You can be an immigrant or a citizen, gay or queer, a minority citizen, a happy anarchist - and as all of these you can be politically engaged in a way that has become an integral part of today's politics. The formal political apparatus is becoming increasingly incapable of adjusting to this situation. ... The Sans-Papiers of today are more than just unregistered immigrants. They have become political activists as a result of the rising importance of human rights. Nowadays, immigrants, refugees and women are often the agents who activate human rights. Minority citizens function as informal political agents. It is they who drive the political agenda forward."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 25/02/2008

Saskia Sassen about the disappearing agora

Sociologist Saskia Sassen shares her thought about the future of cities with Petra Steinberger. "The city was always a center for criticism and discussion. But the idea of the agora [open place of assembly] is in serious trouble today, because people increasingly live in their own little worlds. The most varied strata and classes convened at the Agora. Today, you not only have clearly marked off 'gated communities,' but also increasing numbers of invisible closets. Only a certain group of people crosses into the luxury zone. There's hardly ever any interaction. ... Revolutions are experienced in the upper and lower strata. On the top, they are oriented to global networks. On the bottom, there is impoverishment, but also trans-nationalism and internationalism, which can be seen in the debate about immigration. There is a lot happening in cities these days, but gone is the idea of the agora as a place where these developments intersected. Nowadays instead of public space you often have only public access."

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