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Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City

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New York mayor Michael Bloomberg claims to run the city like a business. In Bloomberg’s New York, Julian Brash applies methods from anthropology, geography, and other social science disciplines to examine what that means. He describes the mayor’s attitude toward governance as the Bloomberg Way—a philosophy that holds up the mayor as CEO, government as a private corporation ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by University of Georgia Press
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Melissa
Oct 08, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
Though Julian Brash calls this book an ethnography, it is not very ethnographic, perhaps feeling a bit more journalistic than ethnographic (even while there are overlaps in the two approaches). This book is more of an assessment of class formation among capitalist groups that includes a recent historical context for the neoliberalization of NYC. The introduction's allusion to the anthropological methods supporting this book instead obscures the work done which raised some flags for me. I am ...more
Matthew Flannery
I enjoyed this book, mostly because he told a pretty interesting story, with a lot of background to keep things relevant and with respect to NYC's long history of development. There were a lot of interesting things that were never told in the stories that the news gave us back then. That being said...

I would call this academic, mostly because it was incredibly dry, overly wordy, and was too smug to use words less than 10 letters each. His "tell him what you're gonna tell them, tell them, and tel
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Kate
Sep 27, 2016 Kate added it  ·  review of another edition
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Recommendation from Jeremiah's Vanishing New York (vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com). An academic book describing the "Bloomberg Way" of governance, with emphasis on his handling of the Hudson Yards project in 2004. Apparently it's impossible to uproot billionaire technocrats if grassroots political activists can't unite and settle on a common goal (in this case, a unified vision of New York City hospitable to people of all levels of income). But the book ends on a somewhat hopeful note, citing ...more
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amazing ethnography of bloomberg's mayorship and neoliberalism. like SERIOUSLY so amazing.
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I know a heck of a lot more about New York City politics now.
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