Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley

ISBN-10: 0520246438

ISBN-13: 9780520246430

Edition: 2006

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This highly accessible, engagingly written book exposes the underbelly of California's Silicon Valley, the most successful high-technology region in the world, in a vivid ethnographic study of Mexican immigrants employed in Silicon Valley's low-wage jobs. Christian Zlolniski's on-the-ground investigation demonstrates how global forces have incorporated these workers as an integral part of the economy through subcontracting and other flexible labor practices and explores how these labor practices have in turn affected working conditions and workers' daily lives. In Zlolniski's analysis, these immigrants do not emerge merely as victims of a harsh economy; despite the obstacles they face, they are transforming labor and community politics, infusing new blood into labor unions, and challenging exclusionary notions of civic and political membership. This richly textured and complex portrait of one community opens a window onto the future of Mexican and other Latino immigrants in the new U.S. economy.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley
The Subcontracting of Mexican Janitors in the High-Tech Industry
Working in the Informal Economy
Mexican Families in Santech
Community Politics in the Barrio
Conclusion: Subproletarians in a Postindustrial Economy
Epilogue: After the Dot-Com Demise
Notes
References
Index
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