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University of California Press
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They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields takes the reader on an ethnographic tour of the melon and corn harvesting fields in California’s Central Valley to understand why farmworkers die at work each summer. Laden with captivating detail of farmworkers’ daily work and home lives, Horton examines how U.S. immigration policy and the historic exclusion of farmworkers from the promises of liberalism has made migrant farmworkers what she calls “exceptional workers.” She explores the deeply intertwined political, legal, and social factors that place Latino migrants at particular risk of illness and injury in the fields, as well as the patchwork of health care, disability, and Social Security policies that provide them little succor when they become sick or grow old. The book takes an in-depth look at the work risks faced by migrants at all stages of life: as teens, in their middle-age, and ultimately as elderly workers. By following the lives of a core group of farmworkers over nearly a decade, Horton provides a searing portrait of how their precarious immigration and work statuses culminate in preventable morbidity and premature death.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Burning Up: Heat Illness in California’s Fields
  2. pp. 17-45
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  1. 2. Entering Farm Work: Migration and Men’s Work Identities
  2. pp. 46-71
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  1. 3. Ghost Workers: The Labor Consequences of Identity Loan
  2. pp. 72-95
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  1. 4. Presión Alta: The Physiological Toll of Farm Work
  2. pp. 96-123
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  1. 5. Álvaro’s Casket: Heat Illness and Chronic Disease at Work
  2. pp. 124-147
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  1. 6. Desabilitado: Kidney Disease and the Disability-Assistance Hole
  2. pp. 148-172
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  1. Conclusion: Strategies for Change
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. Appendix A. On Engaged Anthropology and Ethnographic Writing
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Appendix B. Methods
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Appendix C. Core Research Participants
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-220
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  1. References
  2. pp. 221-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520962545
Related ISBN
9780520283268
MARC Record
OCLC
933211571
Pages
383
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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