The pressures to deliver and innovate in Silicon Valley echo the demands of higher education. How can learning from worker struggles and solidarity movements in anthropology make our work more ethical?
The Society for the Anthropology of Work is seeking nominations for its 2019 book prize. The SAW Book Prize will be awarded this year to a single- or co-authored monograph (not an edited collection) published during the last three years.
I could not have imagined when I entered the PhD program in anthropology at the University of California, Davis in 1973 that I would spend my career working as an anthropologist in Silicon Valley. I have always liked technology and did well in math and science, but to work alongside physicists, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers for the better part of 40 years—really!
You can spot the extremes on the street in Silicon Valley. You can find monumental architecture and tour “the mothership,” a gigantic circular edifice that is the home to the Apple headquarters. You might spot a few autonomous vehicles, piloted by a host of competing companies, especially Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.