By Lisa Sun-Hee Park,David N. Pellow
Winner, Allan Schnaiberg striking ebook Award, provided by way of the surroundings & know-how element of the yankee Sociological Association
Environmentalism often calls to brain photos of peace and serenity, a oneness with nature, and a shared feel of accountability. yet one city in Colorado, less than the guise of environmental security, handed a answer restricting immigration, bolstering the privilege of the rich and scapegoating Latin American newbies for the area’s present and destiny ecological difficulties. this would have escaped realization shop for the truth that this wasn’t a few rinky-dink backwater. It was once Aspen, Colorado, playground of the wealthy and well-known and the West’s such a lot elite ski city.
Tracking the lives of immigrant employees via numerous years of exhaustive fieldwork and archival digging, The Slums of Aspen tells a narrative that brings jointly essentially the most urgent social difficulties of the day: environmental crises, immigration, and social inequality. Park and Pellow reveal how those concerns are intertwined within the daily reports of people that paintings and reside during this filthy rich vacationer community.
providing a brand new figuring out of a bit recognized type of the super-elite, of low-wage immigrants (mostly from Latin the US) who've turn into the basis for carrier and rest during this recognized hotel, and of the new historical past of the ski undefined, Park and Pellow divulge the ways that Colorado boosters have reshaped the panorama and changed ecosystems in pursuit of revenue and delight. Of even larger urgency, they body how environmental degradation and immigration reform became inextricably associated in lots of areas of the yankee West, a dynamic that interferes with the efforts of valorous environmental motives, frequently turning clear of conservation and towards insidious racial privilege.