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This chapter explore the scene’s “social preconditions,” in other words, the larger forces and phenomena happening in the 1960s through the 1970s that created a social context in which the mobile scene could take root and grow. That includes both structural forces, such as large-scale immigration and settlement patterns by middle-class Filipino families to the Bay Area, and cultural trends, such as the brief but intense discotheque boom following the success of the film Saturday Night Fever. The chapter also introduces the class dimensions that became more pronounced as the mobile scene began to coalesce.

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