Newcomers in the Workplace: Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U. S. Economy / Edition 1

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Overview

Newcomers in the Workplace documents and dramatizes the changing face of the American workplace, transformed in the 1980s by immigrant workers in all sectors. This collection of excellent ethnographies captures the stench of meatpacking plants, the clatter of sewing machines, the sweat of construction sites, and the strain of management-employee relations in hotels and grocery stores as immigrant workers carve out crucial roles in a struggling economy.

Case studies focus on three geographical regions-Philadelphia, Miami, and Garden City, Kansas-where the active workforce includes increasing numbers of Cubans, Haitians, Koreans, Puerto Ricans, Laotians, Vietnamese, and other new immigrants. The portraits show these newcomers reaching across ethnic boundaries in their determination to retain individualism and to insure their economic survival.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Through close analysis of the changing workplace in three U.S. communities, these informative academic essays chart the variety of work experience for new immigrants. Rural Garden City, Kans., has become a center for the low-wage meat-packing industry; Donald Stull describes the physical toll taken by such dangerous labor, and Janet Benson tells how Southeast Asian refugees support the industry by tolerating substandard living conditions. Unlike Garden City workers, those in Miami don't cross ethnic lines outside the workplace, according to Stepick; Stepick and Grenier explain how Latin, Anglo, African American and Haitian construction workers respond differently to management safety requests and how Haitians in the tourist industry are exploited more than Latinos. In Philadelphia, Judith Goode shows how Korean store owners hire local workers as community ``buffers''; Cynthia Carter Ninivaggi observes that an urban enterprise zone project did little to reduce poverty. Lamphere teaches anthropology at the University of New Mexico; Stepick and Grenier teach in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International University. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Feb.)\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566391313
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Labor and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Lamphere teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Beef Stew: Cattle, Immigrants, and Established Residents in a Kansas Beefpacking Town 25
3 Knock 'Em Dead: Work on the Killfloor of a Modern Beefpacking Plant 44
4 Guys in White Hats: Short-Term Participant Observation among Beef-Processing Workers and Managers 78
5 The Effects of Packinghouse Work on Southeast Asian Refugee Families 99
6 Miami: Capital of Latin America 129
7 Brothers in Wood 145
8 Grounding the Saturn Plant: Failed Restructuring in a Miami Apparel Plant 164
9 The View from the Back of the House: Restaurants and Hotels in Miami 181
10 Polishing the Rustbelt: Immigrants Enter a Restructuring Philadelphia 199
11 Facing Job Loss: Changing Relationships in a Multicultural Urban Factory 231
12 Encounters Over the Counter: Bosses, Workers, and Customers on a Changing Shopping Strip 251
13 Poverty and Politics: Practice and Ideology among Small Business Owners in an Urban Enterprise Zone 281
Contributors' Notes 303
Index 305
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