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The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy (Critical America) Paperback – December 22, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0814767108 ISBN-10: 0814767109 Edition: First Edition

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"This landmark study adds significantly to our understanding of both the underside of Silicon Valley and the high-tech industry in specific, and the historic links between social inequality and environmental inequality in general. The authors also leave us with a sense of hope by offering examples of effective movements for justice."

-Karen Hossfeld,San Francisco State University

"Provides a timely and necessary counter-balance to the incessant ‘new economy' hype that touts Silicon Valley as the answer to the myriad economic and environmental challenges around the world. This comprehensive overview helps to peel away the veneer by using an innovative combination of research methods, including direct participatory research. It raises disturbing and compelling concerns by examining the many environmental and gender injustices that have been at the center of the ‘Silicon Valley miracle.' An important contribution to the key debates of the twenty-first century about sustainable development."

-Ted Smith,Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

"Powerful and passionate expose."

-Journal of American Ethnic History

"An important contribution to the contemporary critique of high tech industry."

-Contemporary Sociology

"Offers a lot for the general reader. The authors must be congratulated."

-International Migration Review

"The Silicon Valley of Dreams . . . exposes the numerous inequities that plague the area, from the huge number of temporary workers, the highest per capita in the nation, to the obvious absence of union jobs."

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About the Author

David Naguib Pellow is Don A. Martindale Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago and Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development, and co-author of The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden and The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Immigrant Labor, Environmental Injustice, and the High Tech Global Economy, with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, available from NYU Press.


Lisa Sun-Hee Park is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Consuming Citizenship: Children of Asian Immigrant Entrepreneurs and the co-author, with David Pellow, of The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden and Silicon Valley of Dreams: Immigrant Labor, Environmental Injustice, and the High Tech Global Economy, also available from NYU Press.
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Product Details

  • Series: Critical America
  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (December 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814767109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814767108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on February 10, 2005
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"The Silicon Valley of Dreams" by David Pellow and Lisa Sun-Hee Park is a groundbreaking book that connects the environmental justice (EJ) movement with struggles pertaining to immigration, gender, workplace, and globalization. The authors present a new historiography of Santa Clara County, California that reveals a pattern of exploitation of people and resources dating from the Spanish Colonial period to the present. The book makes a compelling case that sustainability will remain elusive as long as for-profit capitalism rules the day.

Pellow and Park study the area's historical development to find common threads between the past and the present. Each economic period was marked by the despoilation and depletion of California's natural resources, and in all cases, the production system was characterized by the exploitation of predominantly poor, immigrant and female labor.

Interestingly, the authors show how the powerful have been consistently supported by their government sponsors even as the rights of the poor have been systematically denied. We find that the Spanish government's funding of the missionaries was not substantially different from the U.S. government's support of the California gold mining industry of the 1800s, the canneries of the early to mid twentieth century or the highly lucrative defense industry of today. Yet the indigenuous peoples and the poor immigrant workers who have labored in the fields and the factories have been consistently denied their political and economic rights. In this light, the fact that the poor suffer disproportionately from environmental injustices should not be surprising, or that the struggle to overcome the powerful interests that profit from the system remains difficult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunohc on June 4, 2012
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you know, i went to school for two years in the silicone valley and whenever I tell people about what I learned from this book and the stories, people REALLY have a hard time believing me!

That's how much of this corruption has been swept under the rug!

If you've been wondering about this, READ IT! IT's not that hard to read. I had to read it for a class and I actually felt engaged in most of the chapters.

It's amazing how much corruption and oppression there is in such a "clean silicone valley work place" and in the USA

Hard to give much away without talking about the whole book but I think you will enjoy it if you even have the SLIGHTEST interest in this matter.

I read this book for an Intro to Ethnic Studies class

Hope this helps,

Daniel
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