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Cindi Katz, associate professor and chair of the environmental psychology program at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, visited the University of Kentucky in February of 1996 to deliver the keynote address at the 5 1/2 Annual Geography Graduate Student Conference. In her address, entitled "Power, Space and Terror: Social Reproduction and the Public Environment," Professor Katz discussed how changes jn urban built environments, particularly the privatization of urban public space, negatively affected New York City children. Privatization, she argued, not only serves a 'child hating' mentality prevalent in our society, but fosters, among other things, the sociospatial deskilling of children. We conducted an interview with Cindi Katz about this work as well as her long-standing research in Sudan regarding the effects of political-economic change on rural Sudanese children. Professor Katz has brought together over a decade of research, beginning with her dissertation research in the Sudan and including her work in New York City, in the forthcoming book, Disintegrating Developments: Global Economic Restructuring and the Struggle for Social Reproduction.


This work was originally published in disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory.

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