New York, The Neoliberal City
Neoliberalism is a confusing, multi-pronged process that changes the role of the state, the ‘market’, and even our own values. We see its impacts in our urban landscape, from what buildings get made to what schools get closed. With a scope this wide, it’s no wonder that this era of capitalism is often hard to define.
After reviewing how exactly we arrived at neoliberalism, this Olio will unpack its current role in New York City. We will discuss its function as an often contested urban, political, and spatial project and then ask: Can neoliberalism ever be useful?
Lauren Hudson is currently a doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center where she writes about anti-capitalist organizing among women in NYC. Her research interests concern how economic subjectivities are created between and among those who perform labor based on solidarity, how their narratives of their work cohere and diverge from dominant discourses.
The Old Stone House
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