Event Title

Broken Windows, Workfare, and the Battle for Public Space in Giuliani’s New York

Presenter Information

Jacob Ertel, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A142

Start Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 5:30 PM

Abtract

This paper examines the process through which workfare policies and the paramilitarization of the New York Police Department developed as mutually reinforcing political-economic instruments under Rudolph Giuliani’s mayoral term from 1994 to 2001. I argue that both workfare and policing functions within the city substantiated one another in the remaking of New York into a theme park for capital investment. I will examine workfare initiatives specific to New York City within the context of nationwide legislation in tracing the linkages between the transformation of welfare and the criminalization of poor people of color under Giuliani.

Notes

Session 3, Panel 20 - Crafting Community: Studies of Art and Intervention
Moderator: Wendy Kozol, Professor of Comparative American Studies

Major

Politics

Advisor(s)

Chris Howell, Politics

Project Mentor(s)

Chris Howell, Politics

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Broken Windows, Workfare, and the Battle for Public Space in Giuliani’s New York

Science Center, A142

This paper examines the process through which workfare policies and the paramilitarization of the New York Police Department developed as mutually reinforcing political-economic instruments under Rudolph Giuliani’s mayoral term from 1994 to 2001. I argue that both workfare and policing functions within the city substantiated one another in the remaking of New York into a theme park for capital investment. I will examine workfare initiatives specific to New York City within the context of nationwide legislation in tracing the linkages between the transformation of welfare and the criminalization of poor people of color under Giuliani.