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By Christian Zlolniski

This hugely obtainable, engagingly written booklet exposes the underbelly of California's Silicon Valley, the main profitable high-technology sector on the planet, in a shiny ethnographic research of Mexican immigrants hired in Silicon Valley's low-wage jobs. Christian Zlolniski's on-the-ground research demonstrates how international forces have integrated those employees as an essential component of the economic system via subcontracting and different versatile exertions practices and explores how those hard work practices have in flip affected operating stipulations and staff' day-by-day lives. In Zlolniski's research, those immigrants don't emerge purely as sufferers of a harsh economic climate; regardless of the stumbling blocks they face, they're remodeling hard work and neighborhood politics, infusing new blood into hard work unions, and difficult exclusionary notions of civic and political club. This richly textured and complicated portrait of 1 neighborhood opens a window onto the way forward for Mexican and different Latino immigrants within the new U.S. economic system.

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In some chapters, I have described events as I observed them in the field, producing a narrative from a combination of what Van Maanen calls “impressionistic tales”—stories organized around some key, dramatic events that convey the essence of an important experience—and “critical tales,” which are cases I selected because of what they reveal about larger economic and political issues (1988: 101–3, 127–30). I used this INTRODUCTION 19 technique particularly in the chapters on janitorial workers in Silicon Valley and the community organizing activities in Santech, both of which reflect different forms of resistance by immigrants as they responded to important events in their lives.

S. Bureau of the Census 2000. the economic transformation of the Santa Clara Valley, which then became popularly known as Silicon Valley, the international capital of the high-technology economy. The impressively fast industrialization of the Santa Clara Valley marked the beginning of an also explosive demographic and urban growth. As Table 1 shows, between 1950 and 1980 the population in Santa Clara County increased by about a million (from 290,547 to 1,265,200), and in San Jose by more than a half million (from 95,280 to 625,763), making this city the fastest growing in the country for several years in the 1970s.

Santech: A New Mexican Barrio in San Jose Santech is one of the numerous low-income immigrant barrios in East San Jose born alongside the economic and demographic explosion of Silicon Valley in the 1960s. Located in the southeast part of San Jose, the barrio is encapsulated in a residential area composed of modest singlefamily homes and a government project for low-income residents. As shown in Figure 1, the barrio consists of 96 fourplexes and 28 condominiums symmetrically aligned along six streets, four of which are parallel to each other, with the fifth and sixth perpendicular to the rest.

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