Issue 19.2, May 2004

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Essay Excerpt

This article examines institutions of community policing and their relationship to changing conceptions of order in New York City in the 1990s. The sites of my research were: a special meeting of the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Asso- ciation; the Midtown North Precinct Community Council; and the Citizens’ Police Academy run by the New York Police Department (NYPD). These staged dialogues with the police made up part of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s program of order-maintenance policing, which was, in turn, one aspect of his administration’s attempt to make New York City a more civil and livable city (Blumenthal 1994; Flynn 2000; Krauss 1994). The question posed by Gi- uliani’s critics was, and still is, of course, “livable for whom?” (Harcourt 1998 and 2001; McArdle and Erzen 2001; Smith 1998).

"'Visible Signs of a City Out of Control': Community Policing in New York City" by Benjamin Chesluk