The End of the Hamptons
Scenes From the Class Struggle in America's ParadiseBook - 2005
From polo players to migrant workers, an inside peek at one of America's most exclusive communities.
Winner of the 2005 Book Prize from the Association for Humanist Sociology
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.
Baker & Taylor
A definitive and entertaining social history of the Hamptons, New York's ultimate high-end backyard, looks at the history of Long Island's east end, a locale marked by a class struggle between the wealthy and the have-nots since its earliest origins.
In this engaging study, Dolgon (sociology, Worcester State College, Mass.) describes the history of the many peoples who make up the Hamptons, demonstrating that the mixture of rich and poor, privileged and marginalized has a long history, and that the notion of the "end of the Hamptons" is an old one. The current controversy over the building of a casino, the mistaken notion that the Hamptons is populated only by the rich and famous, the historic and current political scene, the histories and lives of immigrant communities, and the experience of the area's Native Americans are some of the themes developed, based on the author's extensive interviews of residents and his research of historic and contemporary accounts. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)