The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America's Paradise

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In this absorbing account of New York’s famous vacation playground, Corey Dolgon goes beyond the celebrity tales and polo games to tell us the story of this complex and contentious land. From the displacement of Native Americans by the Puritans to the first wave of Manhattan elites who built the Summer Colony, to the current infusion of telecommuting Manhattanites who now want to live there year-round, the story of the Hamptons is a vicious cycle of supposed paradise lost.

Drawing on this fabled land's history, The End of the Hamptons provides a fascinating portrait of current controversies: the Native Americans fighting over land claims and threatening to build a casino, the environmental activists clashing with the McMansion builders, and the Latino day laborers and working-class natives trying to eke out a living in an ever-increasingly expensive town.

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Corey Dolgon is associate professor of sociology at Worcester State College and the editor of Humanity and Society, the Journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology.

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Sociologist Dolgon's take on the famous "second home" summer resort (and increasingly year-round home) on the eastern end of New York State's Long Island is that it is not simply "an elite, yet neurotic, theme park for New York City's movers and shakers"; it's also an area being transformed by newer migrants, especially from Latin America, drawn by work but priced out of housing and social services—concerns that also affect local farmers, fishermen, blue-collar workers and the survivors of some long-settled Indian tribes. Don't look for celebrity gossip, old-timers' reminiscences, landscape descriptions or juicy historical anecdotes here; the book is mostly a "clip job," combining information culled from other sources, such as local papers or some of the many other books and magazine articles on the area, and there is little original research. Land development is a theme, but the most interesting chapter concerns regional efforts—strongly but somewhat dubiously supported by the ever-growing "mover and shaker" element (which increasingly votes here instead of the city) and so far fruitless—to break away from neighboring Suffolk Country to form a new "Peconic County." This involves issues of tax base, "affordable" housing and class, race and income differences that grow ever more acute. Unfortunately, the information throughout is chaotically organized and puzzlingly repetitious. 23 b&w illus. (May)
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