« COOPER SQUARE » Here to stay ! (USA)

Another face of America and of American people : tolerance, open-mindedness into the other one, respect and multiculturalism.

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Photograph. Cooper Square’s Community. 1960s

Here you’ll find the free and full work of Pr Tom Angotti. Hunter College of New York City & Valerio Orselli executive manager of Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, CHAIRECOOP members, about the history of Cooper Square’s community, in the Lower East Side (NYC):

«  Here to stay ! » Over five decades of struggle against displacement in the Lower East Side. New york City. (21 pages. 2016 November )

The black and white photographs are published with the cortesy of Joyce Ravitz & Cooper Square. New York City.

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Photograph Cooper Square meeting. 1960 s

As Veblen could analyze it[1], Cooper Square is the history of a human melting pot consisted by several American communities, that succeeds in mastering the “predatory instinct” of the « economic man »[2],  and substitute it into the  “workmanship instinct”.

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Photograph. Cooper Square Office.1960 s

To say it otherwise, Cooper Square fights since 1959 until nowadays, to make of accommodation a straight human right, instead of a simple commodity, submitted to the domination and the power of speculators.

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Photograph Protest 2nd Avenue. 1960 s

Cooper Square community Land Trust administer the proof of strongness and efficiency of the social cooperatism model as alternative in a « desembeded  » [3]market becoming out of any human society control.

[1] Thorstein Veblen. «  The theorie of the leisure class ». The Macmillan Company. 1899.

[2]In french, « Ce sont nos sociétés occidentales qui ont très récemment, fait de l’homme un  animal économique (…) L’homo œconomicus n’est pas derrière nous. Il est devant nous. (…) Et il n’ y a pas bien longtemps qu’il est une machine, compliquée d’une machine à calculer ». Cf. Marcel Mauss. « Essai sur le don. Forme et raison de l’échange dans les sociétés archaïques ». P 271 & 272 . Année Sociologique.(1923-1924)

[3] Karl Polanyi. « The Great Transformation ». 1944

Click on the link below and enjoy reading « Cooper Square,Here to stay ! »

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Yann Maury for CHAIRECOOP. November 2016 the 9th.

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Photographs of Frances Golden at hearing and surveying vacants. 1963-1964

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Frances Golden surveying vacants. Cooper SQ-1963-1964

 

 

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Other Photographs Yann Maury. New York City. June 2016.

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