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Free Labor: Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism
     

Free Labor: Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism

by John Krinsky, University of Chicago Press
 

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ISBN-10: 0226453669

ISBN-13: 9780226453668

Pub. Date: 02/08/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

During the 1990s, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani expanded the city's workfare program, using welfare recipients in the Work Experience Program to do routine work once done by unionized city workers. Workfare workers are denied the legal status of employees and make far less money and enjoy fewer rights than do city workers. For antipoverty activists,

Overview

During the 1990s, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani expanded the city's workfare program, using welfare recipients in the Work Experience Program to do routine work once done by unionized city workers. Workfare workers are denied the legal status of employees and make far less money and enjoy fewer rights than do city workers. For antipoverty activists, legal advocates, unions, and other critics of the program, this double standard leads to a troubling question: are workfare participants workers or welfare recipients?

At times the fight over workfare unfolded as an argument over who had the authority to define these terms, and in Free Labor, John Krinsky focuses on changes in the language and organization of the political coalitions on either side of the debate. By examining the claims made by these coalitions at workfare worksites, in the media, in court, and across these settings, Krinsky shows how contemporary approaches to welfare-state governance both shape and are challenged by grassroots political opposition. Krinsky's broadly interdisciplinary analysis draws from interviews, official documents, and media reports to pursue new directions in the study of the cultural and cognitive aspects of political activism. Free Labor will instigate a lively dialogue among students of culture, labor and social movements, welfare policy, and urban political economy.

About the Author:
John Krinsky is associate professor of political science at the City College of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226453668
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/08/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     ix
Preface     xv
Free Labor?     1
The Workfare Contract in the Workfare State     35
The Formation of a Protest Field     69
In the Trenches     91
Mapping Passages through the Trenches     137
Claims, Cognitions, and Contradictions     177
The Contested Language of Neoliberalism     209
Appendix     245
Notes     261
Selected Bibliography     293
Index     311

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