This chapter focuses on the core workforce in Silicon Valley. This age group, from twenty-five to forty-five, consists of adults who are establishing professional careers and households. Their work lives have been molded by changes in the global economy in the past generation, particularly intensification, individuation, integration with technology, and global distribution of work. More of the work of the region is devoted to the high-end of innovation and service as the manufacturing functions have been relocated. Company policies, practices, and narratives shape the experiences of these workers. The rhythms of their work life are not those of their parents. Work constrains and facilitates their perceptions and management strategies toward time, risk, space, and material culture. It also constrains and facilitates social attitudes toward race, gender, age, and identity. Yet, members of this cohort have grown up with a more intense environment of cultural interaction and borrowing; they are at home with medical diversity. They are the second wave of Silicon Valley workers that have become accustomed to deep diversity and persistent experimentation.
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