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Prototype NationChina and the Contested Promise of Innovation$
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Silvia M. Lindtner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691207674

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691207674.001.0001

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Seeing Like a Peer

Seeing Like a Peer

Happiness Labor and the Microworld of Innovation

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Prototype Nation

Silvia M. Lindtner

Princeton University Press

This chapter builds directly on the previous chapter and shows that entrepreneurial life required nurturing and maintenance. Specifically, it examines the exploitation of “happiness labor,” the work of emotionally supporting precarious entrepreneurial life. Although happiness workers are often highly educated, happiness labor itself is low paid. These overqualified people are drawn in by the implicit promise that one day the happiness worker will be one of the entrepreneurs. Happiness labor is performed primarily by women and racial minorities. The chapter then considers how the misogyny that is seemingly baked into tech bro culture in Silicon Valley was re-legitimized in China via the promise of peer production and openness.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial life, happiness labor, happiness workers, entrepreneurs, women, racial minorities, misogyny, tech bro culture, China, peer production

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