THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF STREET PERFORMERS IN NEW YORK CITY
Street performance or busking has always been a part of New York History. At the turn of the century, immigrants helped to make street performing popular in New York.
It is assumed that the NYC transit public generally perceives buskers as ‘poor and struggling artists.'
The purpose of this paper is to develop the framework for qualitative analysis and to understand whether this assumption is valid.
The paper argues how these assumptions affect policy on busking on the streets New York City and there is a correlation between the social construction of a group or minority sector of a community and the formulation of policies to inhibit their potential.