University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday April 22, 2011. 03:30 pm. GUGG 205

Austin: A City of Tolerance, Ideas and Immigrants?

Emily Skop

CU-Colorado Springs, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

This discussion interjects a counter narrative into the representation of Austin as an economically booming, open-minded, idea city, and twenty-first century gateway. The fact is that Austin is characterized by economic, racial and spatial division. Members of the creative class, and the majority of foreign-born migrants and native-born minorities that serve them, often experience separate realities in this divided city. Indeed, social privilege and the processes of minoritization and racialization create a variety of circumstances whereby poorer, foreign-born migrants and native-born minorities of the community are repeatedly marginalized and dislocated, at the same time that wealthier, native-born vwhite residents become more centered and empowered.