Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change

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Rutgers University Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Political Science - 232 pages
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War on Crime revises the history of the New Deal transformation and suggests a new model for political history-one which recognizes that cultural phenomena and the political realm produce, between them, an idea of "the state." The war on crime was fought with guns and pens, movies and legislation, radio and government hearings. All of these methods illuminate this period of state transformation, and perceptions of that emergent state, in the years of the first New Deal. The creation of G-men and gangsters as cultural heroes in this period not only explores the Depression-era obsession with crime and celebrity, but it also lends insight on how citizens understood a nation undergoing large political and social changes.

Anxieties about crime today have become a familiar route for the creation of new government agencies and the extension of state authority. It is important to remember the original "war on crime" in the 1930s-and the opportunities it afforded to New Dealers and established bureaucrats like J. Edgar Hoover-as scholars grapple with the ways states assert influence over populations, local authority, and party politics while they pursue goals such as reducing popular violence and protecting private property.

  

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User Review  - Jw - Goodreads

so good. i was skeptical due to its publishing date, but this book couldn't be more relevant. zukin goes to the core of urban renewal, government, artists and real estate developers to show how the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Conroy - Goodreads

Such a joyous read! Zukin is as insightful today, as 25 years ago. Prophetic, she really understands how the artist or 'creative' in our world today has gone from digging flowerbeds to make things grow to digging their own graves and throwing themselves into it. Read full review

Contents

Living Lofts as Terrain and Market
1
Investment and Politics
23
The Creation of a Loft Lifestyle
58
Art in the Arms of Power
82
From Arts Production to Housing Market
111
Demand and Development in the Loft Market
126
Speculation and the State
149
Capital Shifts and the Cultural AvantGarde
173
More Market Forces
193
Notes
211
Index
227
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About the author (1989)

Sharon Zukin is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and Graduate School, City University of New York. She is the author of "Loft Living" and, most recently, the award-winning "Landscapes of Power.

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