Essay on The Violence Of Migrant Farm Work

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Of course, in a literal sense, the indigenous Mexicans were dirtier than their Mestizo counterparts simply because they worked picking strawberries bent over the dirt, as opposed to the Mestizos, who worked on raspberry machines or walking through the fields as crew bosses. I never saw or heard of any disrespectful actions on the part of indigenous workers. However, the language barrier made this difficult to know. Shelly did not speak any Triqui or Mixteco and spoke poor Spanish, while the Oaxacan pickers did not speak English and many of them did not speak fluent Spanish. The idea that the Oaxacans were less work-oriented was directly contradicted by some of the crew bosses of Triqui pickers, who explain that the latter were displacing and Mixtec pickers on the farm because they worked so hard and fast. (Holmes 67.) The violence of migrant farm work.
This ethnography endeavors to uncover the linkage among suffering social inequalities related to structural violence, and the normalizing symbolic violence of stereotypes and prejudices. It attempts to do this, while telling the stories of indigenous Mexican migrant laborers who are largely hidden from public view. By structural violence, I mean the violence committed by configurations of social inequalities that, in the end, has injurious effects on bodies similar to the violence of stabbing or shooting. This is what the English working men described by Friedrich Engels called “social murder”. Much of the structural…

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