Friday, September 4 at 7PM
University of Texas Professor
and panelists speak about & sign
Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City
We're honored to launch the groundbreaking new book, Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City, here at BookPeople with a terrific panel of speakers who will discuss the economic realities of our city. Join us for this important conversation about the present and future of Austin.
The event will include a panel with:
Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo, USC Sociology Professor
Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer
Cristina Tzintzún, Workers Defense Project
Javier Auyero, UT Sociology Professor and Co-author
Katie Jensen, UT Sociology PhD student and Co-author
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.
ABOUT JAVIER AUYERO
Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Urban Ethnography Lab. He is the author of five previous books, including the award-winning Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (with Débora Swistun).