Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream : Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century


Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream : Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 313 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780804741545
  • DDC分類 331.4810040979473

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What accounts for the growing income inequalities in Silicon Valley, despite huge technological and economic strides? Why have the once-powerful labor unions declined in their influence? How are increasing waves of immigration and ethnic diversity changing the workplace in the Valley? Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream examines these questions from a fresh perspective: that provided by the history of women in Silicon Valley in the twentieth century. Silicon Valley is internationally renowned. It is less well known, however, that the Valley once contained the world's largest concentration of fruit-processing plants, set in a sea of fruit orchards. Despite the many differences between the fruit and electronics industries, one important thread connects them: the production workers have been preponderantly immigrant women. (In the early part of the twentieth century, the newcomers came primarily from southern Europe; in the latter part of the century, they came mostly from Asia and Latin America, especially Mexico.) The author examines both industries, both work forces, and the changing nature of the local power structure. Although she documents the many sources of vitality and ferment that have undergirded the region's economic might, she also demonstrates that its wealth has not been equally distributed.

Table of Contents

        List of Tables and Maps                    ix
List of Photographs x
Preface xiii
Introduction 1 (12)
The Fruited Valley 13 (35)
The Fruit Industry Workforce at High Tide: A 48 (33)
Wave of Militancy Hits the Valley
War and Cold War Shape the Valley: The Birth 81 (31)
of a Metropolis and the Death of Union
Toward Silicon Valley 112 (35)
New Immigrants and Silicon Valley: Struggles, 147 (36)
Successes, and Transformations
The Valley as ``Feminist Capital of the 183 (43)
The Global Economy on the Home Front: A Tale 226 (30)
of Two Valleys
Afterword 256 (3)
Notes 259 (40)
Index 299