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Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

Title
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Seth Holmes # University of California Berkeley
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Date and Time
18th Mar 2016 15:00 - 18th Mar 2016 17:00
Location
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15A George Square
URL
http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/events/research_seminars/2015_2016/fresh_fruit,_broken_bodies_migrant_farmworkers_in_the_united_states

Based on five years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca Mexico up the West Coast of the United States), this paper (and new book by the same name) explores how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and ethnic hierarchies undermine health and health care.  The paper examines structural and symbolic violence, medicalization, and the clinical gaze as they affect the experiences and perceptions of a vertical slice of indigenous Mexican migrant farmworkers, farm owners, doctors, and nurses. This work analyzes the ways in which socially structured suffering comes to be perceived as normal and natural in society and in health care, especially through imputations of ethnic body difference.