Contested Development and Rural Gentrification in the US West
- PUBLISHED: May 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Pacific Northwest, Geography
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 210 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 11 b&w illus., 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295748696
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
What happens to rural communities when their traditional economic base collapses? When new money comes in, who gets left behind? Pushed Out offers a rich portrait of Dover, Idaho, whose transformation from “thriving timber mill town” to “economically depressed small town” to “trendy second-home location” over the past four decades embodies the story and challenges of many other rural communities.
Sociologist Ryanne Pilgeram explores the structural forces driving rural gentrification and examines how social and environmental inequality are written onto these landscapes. Based on in-depth interviews and archival data, she grounds this highly readable ethnography in a long view of the region that takes account of geological history, settler colonialism, and histories of power and exploitation within capitalism. Pilgeram’s analysis reveals the processes and mechanisms that make such communities vulnerable to gentrification and points the way to a radical justice that prioritizes the economic, social, and environmental sustainability necessary to restore these communities.
Authors & Contributors
Ryanne Pilgeram is associate professor of sociology at the University of Idaho.
The book...combines narrative storytelling, historical research and sociological theory to paint a complete and compelling picture.- Sandpoint Reader
Based on in-depth interviews and archival data, she grounds this highly readable ethnography in a long view of the region that takes account of geological history, settler colonialism, and histories of power and exploitation within capitalism.new- New Books Network
In clean and engaging prose, Pilgeram describes the heartache of a disenfranchised population, while also delivering a tough scholarly analysis.- Bookmonger
Through extensive interviews and archival work, this sociological study draws on the descriptive power of ethnographic writing to trace the path of rural development in an engaging and accessible book.- Choice
[I]t speaks to urgent changes in the contemporary West...the book's closing reminder that we can imagine, and enact, different futures is a hopeful and necessary one.- Western American Literature
Pilgeram’s work constitutes an excellent intervention into the problems associated with rural gentrification.- Contemporary Sociology
A fascinating and well-documented case study of rural gentrification in the amenity West.- William Wyckoff, author of How to Read the American West: A Field Guide
A great read. Makes articulate and compelling points about capitalist expansion, social inequality, and the misplaced goals of the US environmental movement.- Jennifer Sherman, author of Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream
Few people understand the textures of rural Idaho the way Ryanne Pilgeram does — or writes about them in a way that's this accessible, sharp, and clear-eyed. If we want to understand the fear, love, loyalty, and anger that undergirds rural life today, one place to begin is with Dover, a town whose past and present comes alive in Pilgeram's writing. Pushed Out is a case study, but it is also a celebration, a history, a requiem — and above else, a masterwork.- Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed