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The Burdens of Aspiration – Schools, Youth, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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The Burdens of Aspiration: Schools, Youth, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley

Elsa Davidson


During the tech boom, Silicon Valley became one of the most concentrated zones of wealth polarization and social inequality in the United States—a place with a fast-disappearing middle class, persistent pockets of poverty, and striking gaps in educational and occupational achievement along class and racial lines. Low-wage workers and their families experienced a profound sense of exclusion from the techno-entrepreneurial culture, while middle-class residents negotiated both new and seemingly unattainable standards of personal success and the erosion of their own economic security. This book ex ... More

Keywords: techno-entrepreneurial culture, Silicon Valley, models of success, social inequality, economic insecurity, Latino youth, high tech industry, social reproduction

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814720875
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elsa Davidson, author

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I Introduction

II Aspirations of Youth in Silicon Valley

III The Politics of Social Reproduction in Silicon Valley

IV Conclusion