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Who Cleans the Park?Public Work and Urban Governance in New York City$
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John Krinsky and Maud Simonet

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226435442

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226435619.001.0001

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Valuing Maintenance, Valuing Workers

Valuing Maintenance, Valuing Workers

(p.217) Eight Valuing Maintenance, Valuing Workers
Who Cleans the Park?

John Krinsky

Maud Simonet

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 8 summarizes our findings and concludes by bringing the distinct parts of our argument together. It considers both the ways in which value is extracted from the process of parks maintenance via labor displacement and increased real-estate values, and the ways in which contemporary park maintenance fits in with broader neoliberal modes of governance. We show that if parks maintenance opens a window onto broader dynamics of accumulation, extraction of value from the labor process, and contests over class power, it does so in way that reveals the conflicts and cracks in the edifice of neoliberal governance as much as it shows neoliberalsm’s creativity, resilence, and adaptability. Out of these contradictions arise potentials for change. We conclude by identifying some of these potentials.

Keywords:   value extraction, displacement, real estate value, accumulation, legitimization, contradictions

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