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TPS Meeting

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Slides from the April 19, 2010 meeting at The Public School New York, as part of Democracy + Public Spade.

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TPS Meeting

  1. 1. Neoliberalism Cities, Space, Surplus Democracy + Public Space The Public School New York April 19, 2010 Craig Willse cwillse@gmail.com
  2. 2. Meeting Goals • Develop our understanding of neoliberalism in terms of its ideological, political and historical meanings. • Think about what neoliberalism means for the space of the city and the space of the nation-state. • Strategize about what spaces of social justice - especially in response to the intersections of poverty, sexual and gender regulation, and racism - can look like in the contemporary neoliberal context.
  3. 3. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  4. 4. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  5. 5. Introductions • Name • Preferred gender pronouns • Something that you’re up to, for example: project you’re working on, question you’re thinking about, or a book you read and want to tell everyone about, etc.
  6. 6. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  7. 7. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  8. 8. Neoliberalism
  9. 9. Neoliberalism • Ideological - a set of ideas about the “best” relationship between the economy and government.
  10. 10. Neoliberalism • Ideological - a set of ideas about the “best” relationship between the economy and government. • Political - social and economic reforms that put the ideas of neoliberalism into practice.
  11. 11. Neoliberalism • Ideological - a set of ideas about the “best” relationship between the economy and government. • Political - social and economic reforms that put the ideas of neoliberalism into practice. • Historical - an era characterized by the dominance of neoliberal political projects (roll-back and roll-out).
  12. 12. Neoliberal Ideas
  13. 13. Neoliberal Ideas • The economy will prosper if left alone, and a prosperous economy is good for the people.
  14. 14. Neoliberal Ideas • The economy will prosper if left alone, and a prosperous economy is good for the people. • Individuals bear responsibility for their poverty, and governments should not foster “dependence” on social programs.
  15. 15. Neoliberal Ideas • The economy will prosper if left alone, and a prosperous economy is good for the people. • Individuals bear responsibility for their poverty, and governments should not foster “dependence” on social programs. • Economic rationales should be applied to social programs: competition, cost-benefits analysis, measurable outcomes.
  16. 16. Other Examples?
  17. 17. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like?
  18. 18. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies
  19. 19. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies • In “developing” world (aka former colonies of US and European empires): structural adjustment programs that cut social spending
  20. 20. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies • In “developing” world (aka former colonies of US and European empires): structural adjustment programs that cut social spending • In US: shift of industrial production out of US, and growth of domestic service and knowledge industries; workfare
  21. 21. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies • In “developing” world (aka former colonies of US and European empires): structural adjustment programs that cut social spending • In US: shift of industrial production out of US, and growth of domestic service and knowledge industries; workfare • Increasing economic polarization
  22. 22. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies • In “developing” world (aka former colonies of US and European empires): structural adjustment programs that cut social spending • In US: shift of industrial production out of US, and growth of domestic service and knowledge industries; workfare • Increasing economic polarization • Growth of surplus populations
  23. 23. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies • In “developing” world (aka former colonies of US and European empires): structural adjustment programs that cut social spending • In US: shift of industrial production out of US, and growth of domestic service and knowledge industries; workfare • Increasing economic polarization • Growth of surplus populations • Expansion of “security” industries - police, prisons, military occupation
  24. 24. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like? • Free market policies • In “developing” world (aka former colonies of US and European empires): structural adjustment programs that cut social spending • In US: shift of industrial production out of US, and growth of domestic service and knowledge industries; workfare • Increasing economic polarization • Growth of surplus populations • Expansion of “security” industries - police, prisons, military occupation • Expanding power of supranational governance bodies
  25. 25. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City?
  26. 26. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations
  27. 27. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations • Dominance of consumerism
  28. 28. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations • Dominance of consumerism • “Quality of life” crackdowns
  29. 29. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations • Dominance of consumerism • “Quality of life” crackdowns • More cops, and more militarized policing
  30. 30. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations • Dominance of consumerism • “Quality of life” crackdowns • More cops, and more militarized policing • Growth of private security forces in quasi- public spaces
  31. 31. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations • Dominance of consumerism • “Quality of life” crackdowns • More cops, and more militarized policing • Growth of private security forces in quasi- public spaces • Growth of non-profit sector
  32. 32. What Does Neoliberalism Look Like in the City? • Selling off of public space to private corporations • Dominance of consumerism • “Quality of life” crackdowns • More cops, and more militarized policing • Growth of private security forces in quasi- public spaces • Growth of non-profit sector • Intensification of racialized economic exploitation and racial wealth gap
  33. 33. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  34. 34. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  35. 35. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?
  36. 36. Neoliberalism: Cities, Space, Surplus I. Introduce ourselves II. What do we mean by neoliberalism? III. Break-out groups: cities, states, politics - Harvey, Peck & Tickell IV. The making of gay urban enclaves - Hanhardt V. What do we want to think about next?

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