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Janitors, Street Vendors, And Activists The Lives Of Mexican Immigrants In Silicon Valley

Janitors, Street Vendors, And Activists The Lives Of Mexican Immigrants In Silicon Valley
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520246430
  • ISBN: 0520246438
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

AUTHOR

Zlolniski, Christian

SUMMARY

"In a time when we have great need to understand Mexican immigrants and their place in U.S. society, Zlolniski offers a superior analysis of why and how advanced capitalist economies employ undocumented workers. After reading his book, we will never think again of immigration as something that exclusively comes from outside. The immigrants, too, have agency in his account, as he narrates and analyzes an important case of unionization, pointing to significant new possibilities in American life."--Josiah Heyman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso "Zlolniski makes a critical contribution to our understanding of the underside of advanced capitalism. He shows us its complexities: It is not only about misery, it is also about shaping subjective and political possibilities. If there is one concept that comes to mind it is the complexity of powerlessness."--Saskia Sassen, author ofGuests and Aliens "This is a well-written and accessible ethnography of Mexican immigrants in Silicon Valley, the working poor who live in the shadow of affluence. Zlolniski presents a nuanced analysis of the thin line between formal and informal work, how families strategize and cope with the myriad challenges wrought by poverty, and the structural limitations to human agency. Zlolniski's perceptive ethnography illuminates hidden social worlds and struggles for dignity through collective action."--Patricia Zavella, author ofWomen's Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley "Stringing together multiple livelihoods, moving among wage labor, the informal economy, and political activism, the immigrants Zlolniski profiles refuse to submit completely to the structural cards stacked against them. In this important and carefully situated study, Zlolniski engages internationally relevant debates over the changing nature of work, the abandonment of employer liability, and the propensity for the media to construct myths that simplify and underestimate the hard work of immigrant families in Silicon Valley."--David Griffith, author ofFishers at Work, Workers at Sea: a Puerto Rican Journey through Labor and RefugeZlolniski, Christian is the author of 'Janitors, Street Vendors, And Activists The Lives Of Mexican Immigrants In Silicon Valley', published 2006 under ISBN 9780520246430 and ISBN 0520246438.

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