Farmworkers' Journey

ISBN-10: 0520250737
ISBN-13: 9780520250734
Edition: 2007
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Description: Illuminating the dark side of economic globalization, this book gives a rare insider's view of the migrant farmworkers' binational circuit that stretches from the west central Mexico countryside to central California. Over the course of ten years,  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Illuminating the dark side of economic globalization, this book gives a rare insider's view of the migrant farmworkers' binational circuit that stretches from the west central Mexico countryside to central California. Over the course of ten years, Ann Aurelia Loacute;pez conducted a series of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their families along the migrant circuit. She deftly weaves their voices together with up-to-date research to portray a world hidden from most Americans--a world of inescapable poverty that has worsened considerably since NAFTA was implemented in 1994. In fact, today it has become nearly impossible for rural communities in Mexico to continue to farm the land sustainably, leaving few survival options except the perilous border crossing to the United States. The Farmworkers' Journey brings together for the first time the many facets of this issue into a comprehensive and accessible narrative: how corporate agribusiness operates, how binational institutions and laws promote the subjugation of Mexican farmworkers, how migration affects family life, how genetically modified corn strains pouring into Mexico from the United States are affecting farmers, how migrants face exploitation from employers, and more. A must-read for all Americans, The Farmworkers' Journey traces the human consequences of our policy decisions.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Farmworkers' Journey
Mexico's Historical Farming Practices
Aspects of Mexico's Agricultural Political Economy
Migration Northward to Central California
Immigration Experiences
California's Corporate Agribusiness
Farmworkers in Central California's Corporate Agribusiness
An Impoverished, Endangered, and Overworked People in the Land of Plenty
Farmworker Household Survival in Central California
Meanwhile, Back on the Farm
Transnational Corporations and the U.S. Legacy in West-Central Mexico
Endangered Mexican Farmers
Institutional Oppression in the West-Central Mexico Countryside
Toward an Enlightened Perception of California's Mexican Agricultural Immigrants
Epilogue
Agrochemical Inventories and Classifications
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
References
Index

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