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City of disorder : how the quality of life campaign transformed New York politics

Author: Alex S Vitale
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New York University Press, ©2008.
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"New York in the 1990s faced a "quality if life" crisis of homelessness and public disorder. In response, frustrated local residents embraced the neoconservative ideas of then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who pledged to restore order through aggressive policing and punitive social policies, shifting the focus of government from improving the lives of the needy to protecting the welfare of the middle and upper classes. In  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex S Vitale
ISBN: 9780814788172 0814788173 9780814788189 0814788181
OCLC Number: 176648925
Description: xii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Conceptualizing the paradigm shift --
Defining the "quality of life" paradigm --
Defining urban liberalism --
The rise of disorder --
Globalization and the urban crisis --
The transformation of policing --
The community backlash --
Responsibility: Alex S. Vitale.
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Discusses New York's zero tolerance campaign against what was perceived to be an increase in disorder that directly threatened social and economic stability  Read more...


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"In City of Disorder, Vitale provides a wise and balanced analysis of the preoccupation with social order in New York City that flowered under Giuliani's watch. On the one side, neoliberal housing Read more...

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