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Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

ISBN-10: 0520275144

ISBN-13: 9780520275140

Edition: 2013

Authors: Seth Holmes, Philippe Bourgois

List price: $29.95
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This book is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants. Based on 5 years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), Holmes, an anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes' material is visceral and powerful--for instance, he trekked with his informants illegally through the desert border into Arizona, where they were apprehended and jailed by the Border Patrol. After he was released from jail (and his companions were deported back to Mexico), Holmes interviewed Border Patrol agents, local residents and armed vigilantes in the borderlands. He lived with indigenous Mexican families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the United States, planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals, participated in healing rituals, and mourned at funerals for friends. The result is a 'thick description' that conveys the full measure of struggle, suffering and resilience of these farmworkers.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.94" wide x 8.98" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: "Worth Risking Your Life?"
"We Are Field Workers": Embodied Anthropology of Migration
Segregation on the Farm: Ethnic Hierarchies at Work
"How the Poor Suffer": Embodying the Violence Continuum
"Doctors Don't Know Anything": The Clinical Gaze in Migrant Health
"Because They're Lower to the Ground": Naturalizing Social Suffering
Conclusion: Change, Pragmatic Solidarity, and Beyond
Appendix: On Ethnographic Writing and Contextual Knowledge