Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City

Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City


Austin, Texas, is popular as a high-tech, fast-growing urban for the younger and inventive, a funky position to reside, and the scene of across the world recognized occasions resembling SXSW and formulation 1. yet as in lots of American towns, poverty and penury are booming in addition to wealth and fabric abundance in modern Austin. wealthy and bad citizens lead more and more separate lives as growing to be socioeconomic inequality underscores residential, classification, racial, and ethnic segregation.

In Invisible in Austin, the award-winning sociologist Javier Auyero and a staff of graduate scholars discover the lives of these operating on the backside of the social order: residence cleaners, office-machine repairers, cab drivers, eating place chefs and dishwashers, unique dancers, musicians, and roofers, between others. Recounting their matters’ existence tales with empathy and sociological perception, the authors exhibit us how those lives are pushed through a posh mixture of person and social forces. those poignant tales compel us to determine how negative those that offer quintessential providers for all urban citizens fight day-by-day with substandard housing, insufficient public providers and colleges, and environmental hazards. well timed and crucial studying, Invisible in Austin makes obvious the starting to be hole among wealthy and negative that's reconfiguring the cityscape of 1 of America’s such a lot dynamic locations, as low-wage employees are compelled to the social and symbolic margins.

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