I spoke to Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and author of the 2014 study: Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Cooper spent two years shadowing 50 affluent, middle class and low-income families in Silicon Valley to understand how they are faring as big high-tech firms move in the neighborhood and reshape their lives.
We spoke about how some companies are trying to meet community needs, and how individual families are faring.
Marianne Cooper: If people want to achieve the American Dream, they should probably go abroad-- and that’s the point we’ve arrived at, where you are very likely to end up in the social class to which you were born.
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