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The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden
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 probl ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by New York University Press
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Dec 10, 2011 sdw rated it 4 of 5 stars
While bookshelves can be filled with an increasing number of excellent studies of environmental racism (and other environmental injustices) in working-class communities of color, Park and Pellow author what may be the very first study of environmental privilege. They examine the town of Aspen, delighting in its hypocrisy, to reveal the ways that environmentally (and economically) privileged towns seek to protect their elite status by policing social borders. The "Aspen Logic" applies far beyond ...more