Invisible in Austin

Invisible in Austin

Life and Labor in An American City

Book - 2015
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Austin, Texas, is renowned as a high-tech, fast-growing city for the young and creative, a cool place to live, and the scene of internationally famous events such as SXSW and Formula 1. But as in many American cities, poverty and penury are booming along with wealth and material abundance in contemporary Austin. Rich and poor residents lead increasingly separate lives as growing socioeconomic inequality underscores residential, class, racial, and ethnic segregation. In "Invisible in Austin," the award-winning sociologist Javier Auyero and a team of graduate students explore the lives of those working at the bottom of the social order: house cleaners, office-machine repairers, cab drivers, restaurant cooks and dishwashers, exotic dancers, musicians, and roofers, among others. Recounting their subjects life stories with empathy and sociological insight, the authors show us how these lives are driven by a complex mix of individual and social forces. These poignant stories compel us to see how poor people who provide indispensable services for all city residents struggle daily with substandard housing, inadequate public services and schools, and environmental risks. Timely and essential reading, "Invisible in Austin" makes visible the growing gap between rich and poor that is reconfiguring the cityscape of one of America s most dynamic places, as low-wage workers are forced to the social and symbolic margins.
Publisher: Austin :, University of Texas Press,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781477303658
1477303650
Branch Call Number: 976.431 IN
Characteristics: viii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Auyero, Javier - Editor

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This trenchant, sociological study shares stories of the working poor who provide essential services in tech-focused, liberal Austin yet struggle daily with environmental risks, substandard housing and inadequate public services and schools. – Librarian Barry


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