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Saskia Sassen talks social polarisation

In this interview, recently broadcasted on Dutch television, Saskia Sassen explains why she thinks the middle class is about to disappear and there will only be two classes left: the rich and the poor. Moreover, she discusses the demise of the nation state, social exclusion, and democracy, all within the context of globalisation.

Note: Never mind the first minute of introduction in Dutch. The entire interview is in English (however Sassen speaks some Dutch - being superwoman). If the video somehow isn’t working for you, you might want to try circumventing the geo-block.

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polis: The Diversity Paradox

Interesting article at thepolisblog.org.

This is one of the many paradoxes of the gentrification generation - the “coolest” places in our cities, the most “authentic”, tend to be white and middle class, while the “cheesiest” and most touristy are far more diverse. This line extends indoors - malls and corporate eateries like TGI Fridays and Applebees are far more racially integrated than the funky bourgeois spaces which hipsters like me love. As hipsters, the most self-aware generation ever, with generally pro-integrationist politics, we are acutely aware of this fact, and I would argue it is at the root of some of our collective ennui. 

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