The Farmworkers' Journey / Edition 1

The Farmworkers' Journey / Edition 1

by Ann Aurelia Lopez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520250737

ISBN-13: 9780520250734

Pub. Date: 06/05/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

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 López conducted a series of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their families along the migrant

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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 López 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250734
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
361
Sales rank:
872,079
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. The Farmworkers’ Journey
2. Mexico’s Historical Farming Practices
3. Aspects of Mexico’s Agricultural Political Economy
4. Migration Northward to Central California
5. Immigration Experiences
6. California’s Corporate Agribusiness
7. Farmworkers in Central California’s
Corporate Agribusiness
8. An Impoverished, Endangered, and Overworked People
in the Land of Plenty
9. Farmworker Household Survival in Central California
10. Meanwhile, Back on the Farm
11. Transnational Corporations and the U.S. Legacy in
West-Central Mexico
12. Endangered Mexican Farmers
13.
Institutional Oppression in the West-Central Mexico Countryside
14. Toward an Enlightened Perception of California’s
Mexican Agricultural Immigrants

Epilogue
Appendix A: Agrochemical
Inventories and Classifications
Appendix B: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
References

Index

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