new book: anti-workfare organizing

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Sun Oct 5 08:50:34 CDT 2008

[ed:  congrats to John on the new book.]

From: <jkrinsky at>

Dear Comm-org-ers,

I would like to let you know about my new book, Free Labor: Workfare and 
the Contested Language of Neoliberalism (U. Chicago Press, 2008).

It is an analysis of efforts, including those by community 
organizations, in New York City, to oppose the workfare program 
implemented by Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s, and continued, in many 
respects (though not all) under Mayor Bloomberg.

The book has several chapters that may be of interest to an audience 
primarily interested in labor and poor-people's organizing, and some 
(sometimes heavy-going) analysis of the ways in which these groups 
managed to change the terms of debate over workfare locally, even in 
ways that were not always clear or obvious to them.

I apologize for the self-promotion, but I hope that others may find the 
ideas and approaches in my analysis useful for their own work.


John Krinsky

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