This chapter considers the changes in work and health that have taken place in the United States, California, and the Silicon Valley region. It begins by identifying the five recurrent themes that emerge from an examination of the stories of embodied lives in Silicon Valley. These are Silicon Valley's geographic distinctiveness, rampant experimentation, cultural complexity, life restaging, and economic individuation. The discussions then turn to how Silicon Valley reflects larger geographies of work and health; how the story Silicon Valley tells about itself has been represented in many places, from exhibits at the local Tech Museum of Innovation, to scholarly works by historians and social scientists; ethnogenesis—the creation of new culture—as intrinsic to the deep diversity seen in Silicon Valley; and the demands of work and family in Silicon Valley. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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