Net-Working for a Living: Irish Software Developers in the Global Workplace

Ó Riain, Seán (2000) Net-Working for a Living: Irish Software Developers in the Global Workplace. In: UNSPECIFIED University of California Press.

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In 1992, I took the path followed by many young Irish people at that time and emigrated to the United States. In my case I left Dublin for Berkeley, California to get a Ph.D. in sociology. Within a year or two I found myself beginning to study the Irish software industry from 6,000 miles away in Silicon Valley. Through interviews with managers in Silicon Valley companies with operations in Ireland I investigated the dynamics of foreign investment in the Irish software industry. E-mail correspondence with managers of Irish companies in Dublin directed me to their Silicon Valley offices where I learned the basic history of the emergence of an Irish-owned software industry which was now itself becoming increasingly globalized. These contacts and other Irish people I knew in California put me in touch with Irish software developers working in the Silicon Valley area.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Global Ethnography, Irish software developers
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 592
Depositing User: Prof. Sean O Riain
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Global Ethnography
Publisher: University of California Press
Refereed: Yes

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