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Value of Surveillance: Private Policing, Bourgeois Reform, and Sexual Commerce in Turn-of-the-Century New York

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Pual
dc.creator Gallas, Austin 2023-03-17T19:05:45Z 2023-03-17T19:05:45Z 2022
dc.description.abstract Scholars have long mined the voluminous archive of the Committee of Fourteen (1905–1932) ––a powerful, privately funded law enforcement and anti-prostitution organization backed by influential industrialists and social reformers––to examine various elusive elements of New York City social history, including the emergence of queer subcultures, the extralegal enforcement of Jim Crow by private authorities, and the policing of sex workers, their clients, and "promiscuous" women within and beyond commercial amusement spaces. This dissertation both contributes to and departs from this important body of historical scholarship by providing a Marxian consideration of the Committee of Fourteen’s origins, methods, intellectual contributions, political influence, and published and privately communicated beliefs and/or positions. Exploring the archive with an eclectic mixture of conceptual categories and critical frameworks ready-to-hand, including Marx's work on value theory, Michael Ralph’s “forensics of capital” framework, and Foucauldian theories of biopower and surveillance, this dissertation develops a novel, “ecological” understanding of the Committee of Fourteen as a vital site of capitalist class composition.
dc.format.extent 357 pages
dc.format.medium doctoral dissertations
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2022 Austin Gallas
dc.subject Committee of Fourteen
dc.subject New York City
dc.subject Private Policing
dc.subject Progressive Reform
dc.subject Sex
dc.subject Surveillance
dc.title Value of Surveillance: Private Policing, Bourgeois Reform, and Sexual Commerce in Turn-of-the-Century New York
dc.type Text Ph.D. in Cultural Studies Doctoral Cultural Studies George Mason University
dc.subject.keywords American history
dc.subject.keywords Sociology
dc.subject.keywords Sexuality

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