American Guestworkers: Jamaicans and Mexicans in the U. S. Labor Market

American Guestworkers: Jamaicans and Mexicans in the U. S. Labor Market

by David Griffith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0271029498

ISBN-13: 9780271029498

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Penn State University Press

The H-2 program, originally based in Florida, is the longest running labor-importation program in the country. Over the course of a quarter-century of research, Griffith studied rural labor processes and their national and international effects. In this book, he examines the socioeconomic effects of the H-2 program on both the areas where the laborers work and the

Overview

The H-2 program, originally based in Florida, is the longest running labor-importation program in the country. Over the course of a quarter-century of research, Griffith studied rural labor processes and their national and international effects. In this book, he examines the socioeconomic effects of the H-2 program on both the areas where the laborers work and the areas they are from, and, taking a uniquely humanitarian stance, he considers the effects of the program on the laborers themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271029498
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Rural Studies
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Out of Florida

Introduction: In the State with the Prettiest Name

1. Alleged Shortages at Home, Certain Surpluses Abroad: North American Temporary Worker Programs

2. Occupations Abandoned, Workers Displaced: Seasonal Labor Before and After H-2

Part II: Jamaican Experiences, 1981–2001

3. From Beauty to Truth

4. Aspects of the Machete

5. Guests as Hosts: Jamaicans in the Tourist Industry

Part III: Mexican Experiences, 1988–2003

6. When Owls Die, Ellos Nos Hierieron

7. Bodies on Hold: Gender and H-2

Conclusion: Lasting Firsts

References

Index

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