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Free Labor: Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism

ISBN-13: 978-0226453668
ISBN-10: 0226453669
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“Brimming with novel analyses and methodological strategies, this is one of the most significant efforts to rethink the study of collective action and political contention that we’ve had in many years. Krinsky presents both a compelling analysis of the rise of workfare as a neoliberal policy project and a fine-grained examination of the travails and partial successes of anti-WEP coalitions.”

(Marc W. Steinberg, Smith College, author of Fighting Words 2007-12-04)

“Not only is workfare a critical frontier of neoliberal policy development, it has also been a zone of serial program failure, and a site of determined resistance. Free Labor presents an insightful analysis of a decade of concerted roll-backs and bitter struggles around the workfare offensive in New York City. But John Krinsky’s highly perceptive and creative book also does much more than this—helping visualize a politics of potential beyond workfare.”

(Jamie Peck, University of Wisconsin–Madison, author of Workfare States 2007-12-04)

"Drawing on an ample array of official documents, media reports, interviews, and surveys, Krinsky has assembled an insightful history of a pivotal time. . . . A well-written, interdisciplinary analysis of urban political culture before 9/11/2001."

About the Author

John Krinsky is assistant professor of political science at the City College of New York.


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