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After Santa Clara county in California was labeled “Silicon Valley” in the 1970s, it attained a mythical quality in the public imagination. Although much of the myth is surely hyperbole, the region has experienced and continues to experience forces that will shape the future elsewhere in the United States and around the world. The paramount producer of the information revolution, Silicon Valley has become the icon for a lifestyle saturated with digital devices.

Whereas most books on the region focus on its entrepreneurial reputation, this book is an anthropological expedition into the everyday lives of people living in and connected to Silicon Valley—software engineers around the water cooler, a mothers group at lunch, nannies in the park, rush-hour commuters—to get at the emerging texture of life. A specialized high-tech economy has drawn people from many countries, and the things that make Silicon Valley culture distinctive—technological saturation and cultural complexity—also define an emerging global culture, and in that context it operates as a natural experimental laboratory.

Based on ten years of anthropological research, the book is an ethnographic exploration of the impact of these momentous changes on a single region. Within schools, workplaces, and homes identities emerge, erode, transform, and are recreated to coalesce into a larger community of communities, producing many different choices for its inhabitants. These choices determine how technology is used, work is done, and families are made. People juggle these choices, often informed by the same pragmatic, instrumental reasoning that characterizes high-tech workplaces. Saturated by information technology and struggling to manifest civic life from deeply diverse identity communities, the inhabitants of Silicon Valley illustrate in microcosm the social and cultural identities of the future.

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English-Lueck (anthropology, San Jose State U.) bases this text on material from the Silicon Valley Cultures Project, an ethnographic study of work, family, technology, and identity that began in 1991, and was conducted by a team of researchers, including the author, Charles Darrah, James M. Freeman and a group of anthropologists-in- training. The text explores two main aspects of Silicon Valley: the effects of "technology saturation" on the lives of the people who are both the producers and consumers of the technology, and the interplay of diverse cultural identities coexisting in the area. The study offers useful insights for similar technologically saturated, culturally diverse communities beginning to develop throughout the world.
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The paramount producer of the information revolution, Silicon Valley has become the icon for a lifestyle. Cultures@Silicon Valley is an expedition into the everyday lives of people living in and connected to the region, uncovering the texture of life.

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“English-Luecks fascinating new book, Cultures@Silicon Valley, casts a laserlike anthropological eye on the mores and mannerisms of her homies. . . . English-Lueck and colleagues left the groves of academe and spent years—real quality time—observing “ordinary” people doing mundane things. . . . English-Lueck writes about moms at youth soccer games keeping one eye on the laptop and one on the field, dads who bond at the park by sharing their work histories, families that make a place at the dinner table for the PC, janitors who take high-tech courses to keep up with the custodial equipment innovations.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“While we read about its excesses and shortcomings in newspapers every day, rarely are the factors that distinguish Silicon Valley from the rest of America put in a broader context. In Cultures@SiliconValley, anthropologist J.A. English-Lueck explores the unique set of assumptions taken for granted by engineers and entrepreneurs alike, suggesting how apparent success in the Valley gave way to tangible failure.”—The Examiner

Synopsis:

“English-Luecks fascinating new book, Cultures@Silicon Valley, casts a laserlike anthropological eye on the mores and mannerisms of her homies. . . . English-Lueck and colleagues left the groves of academe and spent years—real quality time—observing “ordinary” people doing mundane things. . . . English-Lueck writes about moms at youth soccer games keeping one eye on the laptop and one on the field, dads who bond at the park by sharing their work histories, families that make a place at the dinner table for the PC, janitors who take high-tech courses to keep up with the custodial equipment innovations.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“While we read about its excesses and shortcomings in newspapers every day, rarely are the factors that distinguish Silicon Valley from the rest of America put in a broader context. In Cultures@SiliconValley, anthropologist J.A. English-Lueck explores the unique set of assumptions taken for granted by engineers and entrepreneurs alike, suggesting how apparent success in the Valley gave way to tangible failure.”—The Examiner

About the Author

J. A. English-Lueck is Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, San Jose State University. She is the author of Chinese Intellectuals on the World Frontier: Blazing the Black Path and Health in the New

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804744294
Author:
English-Lueck, J. A.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
English-Lueck, J. A.
Author:
English-Lueck, J.
Author:
nglish-Lueck
Author:
J. A. E
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Technological innovations
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Pluralism
Subject:
Santa Clara Valley
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
79
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in
Age Level:
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"Synopsis" by ,
The paramount producer of the information revolution, Silicon Valley has become the icon for a lifestyle. Cultures@Silicon Valley is an expedition into the everyday lives of people living in and connected to the region, uncovering the texture of life.
"Synopsis" by ,
“English-Luecks fascinating new book, Cultures@Silicon Valley, casts a laserlike anthropological eye on the mores and mannerisms of her homies. . . . English-Lueck and colleagues left the groves of academe and spent years—real quality time—observing “ordinary” people doing mundane things. . . . English-Lueck writes about moms at youth soccer games keeping one eye on the laptop and one on the field, dads who bond at the park by sharing their work histories, families that make a place at the dinner table for the PC, janitors who take high-tech courses to keep up with the custodial equipment innovations.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“While we read about its excesses and shortcomings in newspapers every day, rarely are the factors that distinguish Silicon Valley from the rest of America put in a broader context. In Cultures@SiliconValley, anthropologist J.A. English-Lueck explores the unique set of assumptions taken for granted by engineers and entrepreneurs alike, suggesting how apparent success in the Valley gave way to tangible failure.”—The Examiner

"Synopsis" by ,
“English-Luecks fascinating new book, Cultures@Silicon Valley, casts a laserlike anthropological eye on the mores and mannerisms of her homies. . . . English-Lueck and colleagues left the groves of academe and spent years&#8212;real quality time&#8212;observing “ordinary” people doing mundane things. . . . English-Lueck writes about moms at youth soccer games keeping one eye on the laptop and one on the field, dads who bond at the park by sharing their work histories, families that make a place at the dinner table for the PC, janitors who take high-tech courses to keep up with the custodial equipment innovations.”&#8212;San Francisco Chronicle

“While we read about its excesses and shortcomings in newspapers every day, rarely are the factors that distinguish Silicon Valley from the rest of America put in a broader context. In Cultures@SiliconValley, anthropologist J.A. English-Lueck explores the unique set of assumptions taken for granted by engineers and entrepreneurs alike, suggesting how apparent success in the Valley gave way to tangible failure.”&#8212;The Examiner

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