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By Christian Zlolniski

ISBN-10: 0520246411

ISBN-13: 9780520246416

This hugely obtainable, engagingly written ebook exposes the underbelly of California's Silicon Valley, the main profitable high-technology area on this planet, in a brilliant ethnographic examine of Mexican immigrants hired in Silicon Valley's low-wage jobs. Christian Zlolniski's on-the-ground research demonstrates how international forces have included those staff as a vital part of the financial system via subcontracting and different versatile hard work practices and explores how those hard work practices have in flip affected operating stipulations and employees' day-by-day lives. In Zlolniski's research, those immigrants don't emerge in basic terms as sufferers of a harsh financial system; regardless of the hindrances they face, they're remodeling hard work and group politics, infusing new blood into hard work unions, and hard exclusionary notions of civic and political club. This richly textured and complicated portrait of 1 group opens a window onto the way forward for Mexican and different Latino immigrants within the new U.S. economic climate.

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They are partially obscured from view by the triumphal public image of this region as the center of technological innovation, a concentration of highly skilled and remunerated professional workers, and general prosperity. But how and when did these poor immigrant neighborhoods develop in the midst of such an affluent region like Silicon Valley in the first place? Who lives in these neighborhoods and how are they connected, if they are connected, to the region’s mainstream economy? What is life like for the immigrant workers and their families who live in these neighborhoods?

Together, all these trends both affect and mediate the experiences of the Mexican immigrant workers portrayed in this book. During the first stage of my fieldwork, in the early 1990s, Silicon Valley was still feeling 32 M E X I C A N I M M I G R A N T S I N S I L I C O N VA L L E Y the effects of the economic recession that had hit the region in the late 1980s when military spending declined after the end of the cold war. This economic recession had a direct and profound impact on the employment opportunities and labor conditions of low-skilled Mexican immigrants.

Together, all these trends both affect and mediate the experiences of the Mexican immigrant workers portrayed in this book. During the first stage of my fieldwork, in the early 1990s, Silicon Valley was still feeling 32 M E X I C A N I M M I G R A N T S I N S I L I C O N VA L L E Y the effects of the economic recession that had hit the region in the late 1980s when military spending declined after the end of the cold war. This economic recession had a direct and profound impact on the employment opportunities and labor conditions of low-skilled Mexican immigrants.

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