The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-tech Global Economy

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NYU Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 303 pages
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Next to the nuclear industry, the largest producer of contaminants in the air, land, and water is the electronics industry. Silicon Valley hosts the highest density of Superfund sites anywhere in the nation and leads the country in the number of temporary workers per capita and in workforce gender inequities. Silicon Valley offers a sobering illustration of environmental inequality and other problems that are increasingly linked to the globalization of the world's economies.

In The Silicon Valley of Dreams, the authors take a hard look at the high-tech region of Silicon Valley to examine environmental racism within the context of immigrant patterns, labor markets, and the historical patterns of colonialism. One cannot understand Silicon Valley or the high-tech global economy in general, they contend, without also understanding the role people of color play in the labor force, working in the electronic industry's toxic environments. These toxic work environments produce chemical pollution that, in turn, disrupts the ecosystems of surrounding communities inhabited by people of color and immigrants. The authors trace the origins of this exploitation and provide a new understanding of the present-day struggles for occupational health and safety.

The Silicon Valley of Dreams will be critical reading for students and scholars in ethnic studies, immigration, urban studies, gender studies, social movements, and the environment, as well as activists and policy-makers working to address the needs of workers, communities, and industry.

  

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A good history of economic development in California, and the effects these developments had on minorities in particular. The authors are part of the Environmental Justice movement, decrying the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Early History and the Struggle for Resources Native Nations Spain Mexico and the United States
23
The Valley of the Hearts Delight Santa Clara Countys Agricultural Period 18701970
46
The Emergence of Silicon Valley HighTech Development and Ecocide 19502001
59
The Political Economy of Work and Health in Silicon Valley
85
The Core Work and the Struggle to Make a Living without Dying
112
The Periphery Expendable People Dangerous Work
137
Beyond Silicon Valley The Social and Environmental Costs of the Global Microelectronics Industry
169
Toward Environmental and Social Justice in Silicon Valley USA and Beyond
193
The Broader Picture Natural Resources Globalization and Increasing Inequality
215
Notes
223
References
265
Index
295
About the Authors
303
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David Naguib Pellow is Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego.

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