Challenging the Chip:
Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the
Global Electronics Industry

Eds. Ted Smith, David A. Sonnenfeld, David Naguib Pellow, and Leslie A. Byster

Foreword by Jim Hightower

with Shenglin Chang, Amanda Hawes, Wen-ling Tu, and Andrew Watterson


     Technology Happens  [pdf]

    Jim Hightower


1.    The Quest for Sustainability and Justice in a High-Tech World  [pdf]

Ted Smith, David A. Sonnenfeld, and David N. Pellow

Part I. Global Electronics

2.    The Changing Map of Global Electronics: Networks of Mass Production in the New Economy

Boy Lüthje

3.    Occupational Health in the Semiconductor Industry

Joseph LaDou

4.    Double Jeopardy: Gender and Migration in Electronics Manufacturing 

Anibel Ferus-Comelo

5.    "Made in China": Electronics Workers in the World's Fastest Growing Economy

Apo Leong and Sanjiv Pandita

6.    Corporate Social Responsibility in Thailand's Electronics Industry

Tira Foran and David A. Sonnenfeld

7.    Electronics Workers in India

Sanjiv Pandita

8.    Out of the Shadows and into the Gloom? Worker and Community Health in and around Central and Eastern Europe's Semiconductor Plants

Andrew Watterson

Part II. Environmental Justice and Labor Rights

9.  From Grassroots to Global: The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition's Milestones in Building a Movement for Corporate Accountability and Sustainability in the High-Tech Industry

Leslie A. Byster and Ted Smith

10.  The Struggle for Occupational Health in Silicon Valley: A Conversation with Amanda Hawes

Amanda Hawes with David N. Pellow

11.  Immigrant Workers in Two Eras: Struggles and Successes in Silicon Valley

David N. Pellow and Glenna Matthews

12.  Worker Health at National Semiconductor, Greenock (Scotland): Freedom to Kill?

James McCourt

13.  Community-Based Organizing for Labor Rights, Health, and the Environment: Television Manufacturing on the Mexico-U.S. Border

Connie García and Amelia Simpson

14.  Labor Rights and Occupational Health in Jalisco's Electronics Industry (Mexico)

Raquel E. Partida Rocha

15.  Breaking the Silicon Silence: Giving Voice to Health and Environmental Impacts within Taiwan's Hsinchu Science Park

Shenglin Chang, Hua-mei Chiu, and Wen-ling Tu

16.  Human Lives Valued Less than Dirt: Former RCA Workers Contaminated by Pollution Fighting Worldwide for Justice (Taiwan)

Yu-ling Ku

17.  Unionizing Electronics: The Need for New Strategies

Robert Steiert

Part III. Electronic Waste and Extended Producer Responsibility

18.  The Electronics Production Lifecycle. From Toxics to Sustainability: Getting Off the Toxic Treadmill

Leslie A. Byster and Ted Smith

19.  High-Tech Pollution in Japan: Growing Problems, Alternative Solutions

Fumikazu Yoshida

20.  High-Tech's Dirty Little Secret: Economics and Ethics of the Electronic Waste Trade

Jim Puckett

21.  Hi-Tech Heaps, Forsaken Lives: E-waste in Delhi (India)

Ravi Agarwal and Kishore Wankhade

22.  Importing Extended Producer Responsibility for Electronic Equipment into the United States

Chad Raphael and Ted Smith

23.  International Environmental Agreements and the Information Technology Industry

Ken Geiser and Joel Tickner

24.  Design Change in Electrical and Electronic Equipment: Impacts of Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation in Sweden and Japan

Naoko Tojo

25. the Dell Campaign

David Wood and Robin Schneider

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