Olivier Alexandre / Sociologist, Labex Icca and Cems-Imm/EHESS PSL Research University

Last updated on profile page : December 16th, 2016

BIO

Olivier Alexandre holds a PhD from EHESS PSL Research University. A former Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (2011-2012) and Stanford University (2015-2016), he has been Adjunct Professor at University of Avignon and is now Lecturer at University Paris Diderot.

He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Labex ICCA and an associate researcher at the Cems-Imm (EHESS PSL Research University). He works on creative industries and social science theories.

He has written three books: Utopia. A la recherche d’un cinéma alternatif (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2007); La Règle de l’exception. L’Ecologie du cinema français (Paris: EHESS Editions, 2015); La Sainte Famille des Cahiers du Cinéma. La critique contre elle-même (Paris: Vrin, 2017). He is working on a fourth one about Tech and its impact on San Francisco.

BOOKS BY OLIVIER ALEXANDRE

By Olivier Alexandre on ParisTech Review

La Silicon Valley est sortie de son lit historique pour se déporter vers de nouveaux territoires. Sa partie la plus vibrante se trouve aujourd'hui à bonne distance de son périmètre traditionnel (autour de Stanford), puisque c'est à San Francisco qui concentrent désormais plus de 30% des investissements de la Californie du Nord ; c'est là que sont installés les sièges sociaux de Twitter, Uber, Salesforce et Airbnb, au même titre que les startups encore inconnues du grand public mais objets de toutes les attentions des grands VCs de la région. Ce décentrement correspond à une configuration inédite, car la ville de San Francisco et la Silicon Valley entretiennent de longue date une forme de distance économique, sociale et symbolique.
The Bay area is not only an economic reality with a level of investments, quantifiable turnover, number of unicorns or tech business stock market. It is also a territory that stages its own history. Stretching over a hundred kilometers, the strip of land running from the North of San Francisco to the South of Jan José can be analyzed as an ice core. Beyond the frantic entrepreneurial energy that runs through it, we could see different architectonic displacements, which keep track of deeper transformations, from Sunnyvale to Cupertino, from Mountain View to Menlo Park, from Palo Alto to San Francisco.

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