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Author Biography: David Pellow is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective at University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Garbage Wars: Environmental Justice Struggles in Chicago, 1880-2000 and Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community. Lisa Sun-Hee Park is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning at University of California, San Diego.
-Ted Smith,Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
"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
"An important contribution to the contemporary critique of high tech industry."
"Offers a lot for the general reader. The authors must be congratulated."
-International Migration Review,
"Powerful and passionate exposé"
-Journal of American Ethnic History,
|2||Early History and the Struggle for Resources: Native Nations, Spain, Mexico, and the United States||23|
|3||The Valley of the Heart's Delight: Santa Clara County's Agricultural Period, 1870-1970||46|
|4||The Emergence of Silicon Valley: High-Tech Development and Ecocide, 1950-2001||59|
|5||The Political Economy of Work and Health in Silicon Valley||85|
|6||The Core: Work and the Struggle to Make a Living without Dying||112|
|7||The Periphery: Expendable People, Dangerous Work||137|
|8||Beyond Silicon Valley: The Social and Environmental Costs of the Global Microelectronics Industry||169|
|9||Toward Environmental and Social Justice in Silicon Valley, USA, and Beyond||193|
|10||The Broader Picture: Natural Resources, Globalization, and Increasing Inequality||215|
|About the Authors||303|