Göran Therborn: The City and the State

The City and the State

The importance of human urbanity has been highlighted recently by two events, one conceptual and one dramatic. Conceptually, the world has for the first time become predominantly urban. Dramatically, in 2011 urban revolutions returned to the front stage of world politics. Both events pertain to a contemporary understanding of media and democracy, power and participation. What do recent urban developments tell us about the state of democracy and civic participation? Have the new social media fundamentally transformed the parameters, dynamics, and prospects of urban revolutions?

Göran Therborn is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has been co-Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology at Göteborg Sweden, and of Political Science at Nijmegen, Netherlands. His recent publications include, The World. A Beginner’s Guide (2011), Les sociétés d’Europe du XX au XXIe siècle (2009), Inequalities of the World (2006), Between Sex and Power. Family in the World, 1900-2000 (2004). Currently he is working on a global project about Cities of power. He lives in Sweden.

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Holberg Symposium 2012: Media and Democracy

The Holberg symposium 2012 was held in honour of Holberg Laureate Manuel Castells. Castells is University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He is, as well, Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, and Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.