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  • 1. Bekker, S. B.
    et al.
    Therborn, Göran
    Cambridge University / Uppsala University.
    Capital cities in Africa: power and powerlessness2012Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    "Capital cities today remain central to both nations and states. They host centres of political power, not only national, but in some cases regional and global as well, thus offering major avenues to success, wealth and privilege. For these reasons capitals simultaneously become centres of "counter-power", locations of high-stakes struggles between the government and the opposition. This volume focuses on capital cities in nine sub-Saharan African countries, and traces how the power vested in them has evolved through different colonial backgrounds, radically different kinds of regimes after independence, waves of popular protest, explosive population growth and in most cases stunted economic development. Starting at the point of national political emancipation, each case study explores the complicated processes of nation-state building through its manifestation in the "urban geology" of the city - its architecture, iconography, layout and political use of urban space. Although the evolution of each of these cities is different, they share a critical demographic feature: an extraordinarily rapid process of urbanisation that is more politically than economically driven. Overwhelmed by the inevitable challenges resulting from this urban sprawl, the governments seated in most of these capital cities are in effect both powerful - wielding power over their populace -and powerless, lacking power to implement their plans and to provide for their inhabitants"--Publisher description.

  • 2. Gough, Ian
    et al.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    The global future of welfare states2010In: The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford University Press, 2010, Vol. S. 703-720Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3. Immerfall, Stefan
    et al.
    Therborn, GöranUniversity of Cambridge.
    Handbook of European societies: social transformations in the 21st century2010Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 4. Immerfall, Stefan
    et al.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    Introduction2010In: Handbook of European societies: social transformations in the 21st century, New York ;: Springer, 2010, , p. 672p. 1-5-Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    It is always tempting for contemporaries to consider their times as exceptional. Still, today’s Europe does look very different from the one only one generation ago. This is not because social change was stalled or absent in the 1960s and 1970s. On the contrary! It was, quite rightfully, regarded as the time of turbulence which saw, just to mention a few social incidences, the expansion of education, the turn downwards of marriage and fertility rates, the shift towards the service sector, the finalization of the European welfare states, the return of women into the labour market, increasing affluence and the thawing of social and political cleavages. These changes took different forms in different countries, to be sure, and Western and Eastern Europe did display comparable but not converging patterns (Therborn 2000). Nevertheless, all of Europe was affected by similar and rapid changes.

  • 5. Le Galès, Patrick
    et al.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    Cities2010In: Handbook of European societies: social transformations in the 21st century, New York ;: Springer, 2010, , p. 672p. 59-89Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. University of Cambridge.
    Afterword: social change, scholarly change and scholarly continuity2012In: Transformations of the Swedish welfare state: from social engineering to governance? / [ed] Bengt Larsson, Martin Letell, Håkan Thörn, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, Vol. S. 283-286, p. 283-286Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    Aspects of labor, help, participation, - and of methodology2012In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 315-319Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Class in the 21st century2012In: New Left Review, ISSN 0028-6060, E-ISSN 2044-0480, no 78, p. 5-29Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    GORAN THERBORN: Class in the 21st Century From Sao Paulo to Beijing, a rising middle class has been hailed by liberal commentators as a bulwark for consumption and democracy in the decades ahead. Taking stock of these claims, Goran Therborn offers a magisterial overview of the global class landscape and the still prodigious numerical weight of manual workers within it.

  • 9.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    End of a paradigm: the current crisis and the idea of stateless cities2011In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409, Vol. 43, no 2, p. 272-285Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Urban studies in the social sciences have for two decades been driven by a hegemonic conception, under slightly different, competing labels: world city, global city, and world city networks. While making important cognitive contributions, it has, I argue, been fundamentally flawed in assuming nation-states and state-processed national economies to be unimportant to the world economy and to world/global cities. While in several ways enriching urban knowledge, its dominance has also impoverished urban research by reducing cities to zip codes of firms and labour markets, leaving out that cities are also places of meaningful built environments, in which people live and interact. Basic assumptions and arguments of the world/global city idea by the three most distinguished representatives of the approach John Friedmann, Saskia Sassen, and Peter J Taylor are critically scrutinized. The current economic crisis has demonstrated these assumptions and arguments about cities in the world economy as untenable. The economic crisis is spawning a paradigmatic crisis, which should be seen as an opportunity for wider views of cities to be opened up.

  • 10.
    Therborn, Göran
    Cambridge University.
    Francis Sejersted, The Age of Social Democracy. Norway and Sweden in the Twentieth Century (2011), 560 (Princeton University Press, Princeton, £27.95/$39.95).2011In: Social history (London), ISSN 0307-1022, E-ISSN 1470-1200, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 522-524Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. University of Cambridge, UK.
    From civilizations to modernity: Divisions and connections of the world, and their legacy — a historical social geology2014In: Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age / [ed] Saïd Amir Arjomand, SUNY Press, 2014, p. 267-290Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    Generations and trust2013In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 1-3Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. University of Cambridge.
    God, Culture, and the Crisis2012In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 14, no 4, SI, p. 471-472Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. University of Cambridge, UK.
    Moments of equality: Today's Latin America in a global historical context2015In: A Moment of Equality for Latin America?: Challenges for Redistribution / [ed] Barbara Fritz, Lena Lavinas, Routledge, 2015, p. 13-28Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. Univ Cambridge, UK.
    Sociologins risker och möjligheter2013In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 157-165Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    The European crisis and the responsibility of sociologists2012In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 1-5Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    The Ideal Sociologist in the Non-Paradigmatic Commons2012In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 14, no 5, p. 633-635Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    The Killing Fields of Inequality2012In: International Journal of Health Services, ISSN 0020-7314, E-ISSN 1541-4469, Vol. 42, no 4, p. 579-589Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article presents a multidimensional analysis of inequality, in a global perspective, distinguishing vital, existential, and material resources inequality. These dimensions are interrelated and interacting, but irreducible to each other, and have had different historical trajectories, within and between nations. Over the last half-century, the contrast between advances of existential equalization, on one hand, and persistent, even increasing, vital inequality of life expectancy and health is striking. Inequalities are produced by specific mechanisms, of which distanciation, exclusion, hierarchization, and exploitation are the most important. They have each their corresponding mechanism of equality, of rapprochement or approximation, of inclusion, of organizational flattening or de-hierarchization, and of redistribution, rehabilitation, and recompensation. The mechanisms and their results are illustrated empirically in a systematic global overview.

  • 19.
    Therborn, Göran
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. Univ Cambridge, UK.
    The "People's home" is falling down, time to update your view of Sweden2017In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 275-278Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Swedish society is changing profoundly. The egalitarian, solidaristic "People's Home", which has attracted widespread progressive admiration internationally, is being eroded and dismantled. The political economy of this process, since the turn of the 1980s, is highlighted; a process which includes a major, if not complete, substitution of a capitalist market of social provision for a welfare state, and of a stock market-driven capitalism for a full employment work economy. Some of its direct inegalitarian consequences are indicated, as well as unintended ones of petty corruption, cronyism, and swindle. The socio-political dynamics of the turn is briefly outlined.

  • 20.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    The world: a beginner's guide2011Book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge .
    Three epochs of European anti-Semitism2012In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 14, no 2, SI, p. 161-165Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Therborn, Göran
    University of Cambridge.
    Unveiling Inequality: A World-HistoricalPerspective, by Roberto PatricioKorzeniewicz and Timothy Patrick Moran.New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation,2009. 192pp. $37.50 cloth. ISBN:97808715448342010In: Contemporary Sociology, ISSN 0094-3061, E-ISSN 1939-8638, Vol. 39, no 5, p. 585-586Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Therborn, Göran
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Eley, Geoff
    Kaelble, Hartmut
    Chassaigne, Philippe
    Wirsching, Andreas
    The 1970s and 1980s as a Turning Point in European History?2011In: Journal of Modern European History, ISSN 1611-8944, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 8-26Article in journal (Refereed)
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