The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden

The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden

by Lisa Sun-Hee Park, David N. Pellow


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479834761
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 07/22/2013
Series: Nation of Nations Series
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,104,723
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lisa Sun-Hee Park is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Consuming Citizenship: Children of Asian Immigrant Entrepreneurs and the co-author, with David Pellow, of The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden and Silicon Valley of Dreams: Immigrant Labor, Environmental Injustice, and the High Tech Global Economy, also available from NYU Press.

David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen Chair of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His teaching and research focus on environmental and ecological justice in the U.S. and globally.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Environmental Privilege in the Rocky Mountains
1 The Logic of Aspen
2 The Ultimate Elite Retreat
3 Living in Someone Else’s Paradise
4 Nativism and the Environmental Movement
5 Advocacy and Social Justice Workers
Conclusion: Dreams of Privilege/Visions of Justice
Notes on Research Methods
About the Authors

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Park and Pellow offer a blistering critique of environmental privilege and immigrant discrimination within the Rocky Mountains' elite playground of Aspen, Colorado...their argument effectively extends well beyond Aspen's ski slopes and elite shopping streets.-M.M. Gunter Jr.,CHOICE

"Documents, observation, and interview material over a number of years combine to give a full picture of the situation...the book's rich background of Aspen and the whole state's history is nicely provided, and the interesting flow of history and people's everday lives make Slums of Aspen very accessible."-American Journal of Sociology,

"The authors...make a convincing and highly disturbing case about how some of the nation's most prominent promoters of sustainability depend on the labor of immigrants to enjoy privileged lives amidst a lovely environment."-In These Times,

"A pair of sociologists, in their new book, paint a damning picture of the stark inequalities between local immigrant laborers and Aspen vacationers and the wealthy homeowners they serve." -Andrew Travers,Aspen Daily News

"A clear description of a troubling problem and an important contribution to debates on immigration policy."-Kirkus

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