Janitors, street vendors, and activists : the lives of by Christian Zlolniski

By Christian Zlolniski

This hugely available, engagingly written e-book exposes the underbelly of California’s Silicon Valley, the main winning high-technology area on the earth, in a bright ethnographic learn of Mexican immigrants hired in Silicon Valley’s low-wage jobs. Christian Zlolniski’s on-the-ground research demonstrates how international forces have included those staff as an essential component of the economic climate via subcontracting and different versatile hard work 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 basically as sufferers of a harsh financial system; regardless of the stumbling blocks they face, they're remodeling exertions and neighborhood politics, infusing new blood into exertions unions, and difficult exclusionary notions of civic and political club. This richly textured and intricate portrait of 1 group opens a window onto the way forward for Mexican and different Latino immigrants within the new U.S. economy.

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Santech residents socializing. to visit local residents and families they know, and to knock on the doors of other neighbors in search of new converts. In the midst of this busy time, the sound of TVs, radios, and boom boxes fills the air and the smell of food being prepared for dinner wafts out of the apartments. As the sun sets, the pace of life in Santech slows down. Children return home and street vendors begin leaving the area. After dark, families lock themselves inside their apartments, some using sticks in the windows and chain locks on the main doors because door locks are either broken or missing.

1 Subcontracting and the Union’s Response in the Building-Cleaning Industry Few service sectors illustrate better the relationship between the development of the high-tech industry and the growth of low-skilled jobs that depend on immigrant workers than the building-cleaning industry. The rapid expansion of electronics plants and research and development facilities, and the overall economic development fueled by the high-tech industry, generated a strong demand for janitorial workers. Between 1965 and 1990, for example, the demand for janitors in the Santa Clara Valley grew fivefold (Mines and Avina 1992: 441).

Some Mexican American residents of the housing project blame their neighbors in Santech for trespassing on their property and using the laundry rooms, green areas, and children’s playgrounds, and others look down on Santech residents for being undocumented immigrants who invade the neighborhood and live in overcrowded, run-down apartments. In turn, some Santech residents refer to the people living in the projects as “lazy” people who prefer living off welfare instead of relying on a paycheck. Although this antagonism is not widespread among the residents of the two areas, there is an open rivalry between the gangs, who jealously keep an eye on their respective territories.

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