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

ISBN-10: 1479834769
ISBN-13: 9781479834761
Edition: 2013
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Environmentalism usually calls to mind images of peace and serenity, a oneness with nature, and a shared sense of responsibility. But one town in Colorado, under the guise of environmental protection, passed a resolution limiting immigration, bolstering the privilege of the wealthy and scapegoating Latin American newcomers for the area’s current and future ecological problems. This might have escaped attention save for the fact that this wasn’t some rinky-dink backwater. It was Aspen, Colorado, playground of the rich and famous and the West’s most elite ski town. Tracking the lives of immigrant laborers through several years of exhaustive fieldwork and archival digging,The Slums of Aspentells a story that brings together some of the most pressing social problems of the day: environmental crises, immigration, and social inequality. Park and Pellow demonstrate how these issues are intertwined in the everyday experiences of people who work and live in this wealthy tourist community. Offering a new understanding of a little known class of the super-elite, of low-wage immigrants (mostly from Latin America) who have become the foundation for service and leisure in this famous resort, and of the recent history of the ski industry, Park and Pellow expose the ways in which Colorado boosters have reshaped the landscape and altered ecosystems in pursuit of profit and pleasure. Of even greater urgency, they frame how environmental degradation and immigration reform have become inextricably linked in many regions of the American West, a dynamic that interferes with the efforts of valorous environmental causes, often turning away from conservation and toward insidious racial privilege. Lee Sun-Hee Park is Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author (with David Pellow) of The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Immigrant Labor, Environmental Injustice, and the High Tech Global Economy. David Naguib Pellow is Professor and Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. 

John DeLamater is Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-author of Understanding Human Sexuality, 11th Edition .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 Naguib Pellow is Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Among his books are the award-winning Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (MIT Press, 2002) and Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (coedited with Robert Brulle; MIT Press, 2005.)

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Environmental Privilege in the Rocky Mountains
The Logic of Aspen
The Ultimate Elite Retreat
Living in Someone Else's Paradise
Nativism and the Environmental Movement
Advocacy and Social Justice Workers
Conclusion: Dreams of Privilege/Visions of Justice
Notes on Research Methods
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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