Jeannette Estruth

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Estruth is a visiting scholar at the Academy. 

Ph.D. in History, New York University, 2018
A New Utopia: The Creation of the Silicon Valley
This project argues that the simultaneous growth of the technology industry and postwar social movements changed conversations about work, economic rights, and democratic society. During the 1970s and 1980s, the technology industry appropriated the political discourses of postwar liberation movements to promise that its ever-increasing growth and distinct political culture were the most reliable guarantors of economic security and democratic fulfillment, and that by the 1990s, the ideal of the technology-based “new economy” had underwritten the nation-state’s pivot to market fundamentalism.

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