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Author Krinsky, John
Title Free Labor : Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
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Note Intro -- Contents -- List of Abbreviations -- Preface -- One: Free Labor? -- Two: The Workfare Contract in the Workfare State -- Three: The Formation of a Protest Field -- Four: In the Trenches -- Five: Mapping Passages through the Trenches -- Six: Claims, Cognitions, and Contradictions -- Seven: The Contested Language of Neoliberalism -- Appendix -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
One of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's proudest accomplishments is his expansion of the Work Experience Program, which uses welfare recipients to do routine work once done by unionized city workers. The fact that WEP workers are denied the legal status of employees and make far less money and enjoy fewer rights than do city workers has sparked fierce opposition. For antipoverty activists, legal advocates, unions, and other critics of the program this double standard begs 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. 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
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Krinsky, John Free Labor : Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2008 9780226453651
Subject Welfare recipients -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York.;Welfare rights movement -- New York (State) -- New York.;Employee rights -- New York (State) -- New York.;Neoliberalism.;New York (N.Y.) -- Social policy.;New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 1951-
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