Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Lisa K. Bates
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.)
Urban Studies and Planning
affective discourse, eviction, eviction diversion, right to counsel, universal access to legal services
1 online resource (vii, 71 pages)
This study explores the interrelationships of urban policy, affect, and power through a critical discourse analysis of New York City's "Universal Access to Legal Services" / "Right to Counsel" ordinance, a 2017 initiative that has persisted amidst the evolving landscape of eviction diversion following the outbreak of Covid-19. By examining archival documents regarding the groundbreaking policy, this research reveals how affective discourses regarding vulnerability, stress, and solidarity situate political actors in relation to urban policy, political movement, and the material conditions of survival. Drawing upon critical policy studies and affect theory, this study underscores the affective dimensions of policy mobility and how the circulation of emotion functions in and through discourses surrounding eviction, its diversion, and the human right to housing.
©2023 Hadley Savana Bates
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Bates, Hadley Savana, "The Affective Discourses of Eviction: Right to Counsel in New York City" (2023). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6511.