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The Burdens of AspirationSchools, Youth, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley$
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Elsa Davidson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720875

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720875.001.0001

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A Flexible Politics of Citizenship

A Flexible Politics of Citizenship

Old Patterns, New Burdens, and the Space of Contradiction

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The Burdens of Aspiration

Elsa Davidson

NYU Press

This book has investigated young people's aspirations and the surrounding politics of class and social reproduction in Silicon Valley as well as political and social dimensions of the region's public culture. It has also explored the ways in which morally charged representations of techno-entrepreneurial practices, values, and economic success have influenced the aspirations of some of Silicon Valley's middle-class youth. This concluding chapter considers the argument about a contemporary, flexible process of citizenship formation that shapes strategies of aspiration management by focusing on the dynamics of subjectification and agency among students of Sanders and Morton high schools. It also considers the conditions that determine the success or failure of a neoliberal politics of citizenship.

Keywords:   aspirations, class politics, social reproduction, Silicon Valley, public culture, citizenship, aspiration management, subjectification, students, neoliberal politics

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