The Farmworkers' Journey

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University of California Press, 2007 - History - 337 pages
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"In The Farmworkers' Journey, Ann Lopez provides a very readable account of the human instinct for survival associated with placing agriculture products on the tables of U.S. residents. Her years of scholarly research conducted living among farmworker families provides a firsthand account of the trials, tribulations, health and social relationships of people that keep them forever attached to the soil in both the U.S. and Mexico. Her revelation of how agribusiness is subsidized by the sacrifices of farmworker families should substantially moderate the hysterical voices that mitigate the reasoning needed to address the undocumented issue as behooves a democracy."--J. V. Martinez, federal government executive, and a founder of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

"This book tells a powerful and moving story of lives affected by agricultural and trade policies, migration, and the dehumanization of farm workers. The text is an eye-opening blend of academic research and testimonials of the people directly touched by the powerful market forces that have been unleashed by trade liberalization. Lopez brings together different analytical dimensions that are normally treated separately, moving through these dimensions with an ease indicative of her extraordinary talent and expertise."--Alejandro Nadal, Science, Technology and Development Program, El Colegio de México
 

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Contents

1 THE FARMWORKERS JOURNEY
1
2 MEXICOS HISTORICAL FARMING PRACTICES
11
3 ASPECTS OF MEXICOS AGRICULTURAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
28
4 MIGRATION NORTHWARD TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
43
5 IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCES
64
6 CALIFORNIAS CORPORATE AGRIBUSINESS
88
7 FARMWORKERS IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA S CORPORATE AGRIBUSINESS
107
8 AN IMPOVERISHED ENDANGERED AND OVERWORKED PEOPLE IN THE LAND OF PLENTY
126
11 TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND THE US LEGACY IN WESTCENTRAL MEXICO
189
12 ENDANGERED MEXICAN FARMERS
215
13 INSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION IN THE WESTCENTRAL MEXICO COUNTRYSIDE
240
14 TOWARD AN ENLIGHTENED PERCEPTION OF CALIFORNIA S MEXICAN AGRICULTURAL IMMIGRANTS
257
EPILOGUE
272
AGROCHEMICAL INVENTORIES AND CLASSIFICATIONS
279
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
285
REFERENCES
293

9 FARMWORKER HOUSEHOLD SURVIVAL IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
146
10 MEANWHILE BACK ON THE FARM
166

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About the author (2007)

Ann Aurelia López received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She recently completed a President's Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a long history of teaching Environmental Science, Ecology and Botany courses in the Department of Biology at San Jose City College. She is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is in the process of establishing a non-profit organization designed to improve the lives of California farmworkers and their families in Mexico.

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