Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City

Invisible in Austin Life and Labor in an American City 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 But as in many

  • Title: Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City
  • Author: Javier Auyero
  • ISBN: 9781477303641
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City

    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 gAustin, 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.

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    1. Thomas

      Invisible in Austin is unmistakably a labor of love. The side-project of University of Texas sociology professor Javier Auyero and 12 graduate students, Invisible in Austin required enormous sacrifice from all involved. Countless hours immersing themselves in the lives of strangers, all carved out of personal time, and even more spent grappling to understand what they had learned. Countless night meetings (some more congenial than others) trying to mold each of their scattershot observations int [...]

    2. Allison Thornton

      Part "Humans of Austin," part sociological study, this book tells the story of 10 individuals belonging to Austin's lower class in an attempt to honestly express their realities, later discussing the societal barriers and institutions in place that have contributed to their position on the social ladder. I read the novel as part of a course on The Politics of Poverty, but definitely found it interesting beyond its academic value as a graduate research work!

    3. Larkin Tackett

      Among the "hipness, creativity, and tolerance" Austin there are tens of thousands of invisible lives. From a Nepalise cab driver working far below his educational background, to a Manager at the W struggling with drug addiction, to a Dreamer advocating for workers rights while an undergrad at UT, the stories told in this book make some of Austin's invisible lives more visible. Like good sociological texts, the stories add context to this community's narrative, especially the impact of social str [...]

    4. 6666 99999

      Very informative account of how precarious the lives of many people living in Austin, Texas and I'm sure many other major American cities are. Undocumented immigrants like Santos and Xiamora live in fear of being deported back to Mexico. The lives of the twelve people followed and interviewed are filled with grotesque injustice. Ella is harassed for being African-American at her job as a plumber, Santos has a winning lottery ticket but because he cannot speak English the clerk takes advantage of [...]

    5. Juju

      This is a very timely collection of sociological profiles of 12 Austin residents living in the margins, and in the shadow of the prosperity that draws thousands of people here every year. As an Austin resident myself, I was impressed by how the contributors to this book highlighted the precarious situations these people navigate daily. The range from homelessness, addiction, chronic underemployment, health concerns, and immigration status provided a thought-provoking glimpse into a rarely seen s [...]

    6. Andrea Johnson

      This is an insightful look at 12 people in Austin, all of whom are living on the edge. Extensive interviews were done by sociologists who were studying individuals who had become "invisible" and at a disadvantage. Should make for an interesting book club discussion.

    7. Patrick

      It's not a perfectly written book by any stretch, but it prompted me to think and question more than anything I've read recently. I think this line in the introduction sums it up perfectly: "We want readers to start seeing the city we all love (or any other American city, for that matter) in a different light, so that the next time they encounter or read a story about a Xiomara cleaning homes with dangerous chemicals, a Clarissa losing her home, a Kumar being harassed in his cab, a Manuel being [...]

    8. Cindy

      An interesting look into the varied lives of people who live and work in Austin, people who are easy to overlook because of their circumstances.

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