The Art of Building Programmatic Space

Robert P. Fairbanks

in How It Works

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226234083
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226234113 | DOI:
The Art of Building Programmatic Space

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The visions of recovery house entrepreneurs and the history of welfare reform policy in Pennsylvania suggest how recovery houses have rescaled the landscapes of poverty management and urban governance in areas of spatially concentrated poverty. This chapter explores how recovery house operators envisage and construct “programmatic space” as a mechanism of governmentality, and also reveals the operator's capacity to constitute the addict—first as pathological subject and then as modern citizen. To explain the various technologies pertinent to this project, it analyzes the regimented daily schedule and the informal yet rigorous “program” that sets the recovery house apart from the flophouse. The chapter also explores some of the more free-floating practices in the recovery house experiences—such as the telling of war stories, intake rituals, the confrontation of “old behaviors,” daily participation in domestic labor, and informal case management.

Keywords: recovery houses; entrepreneurs; welfare reforms; poverty; urban governance

Chapter.  21098 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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