Abstract

This article argues that in the process of social interactions between men aspiring to be contracted as braceros (natives of Jerez, Zacatecas in Mexico), and politicians, doctors, cotton producers and contractors, both in Mexico and the U.S., notions of optimal, healthy bodies vs. disabled, sick and unproductive bodies were constructed. Such a system of inclusion and exclusion of migrant bodies is analyzed through the process of four evaluations (examinations) experienced by aspiring laborers during the recruitment processes of the Bracero Program.

Resumen:

Este artículo argumenta que en las interacciones sociales que los aspirantes a braceros, oriundos de Jerez, Zacatecas, México, establecieron con políticos, médicos, productores del algodón y contratistas en México y los Estados Unidos, se construyeron nociones de cuerpos migrantes óptimos, saludables y productivos en relación a los cuerpos incapacitados, enfermos e improductivos. Este sistema de inclusiones y exclusiones de cuerpos migrantes se analiza a través de cuatro evaluaciones (exámenes) que los aspirantes a braceros experimentaron durante los procesos de contratación.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2471-1039
Print ISSN
1090-4972
Pages
pp. 35-48
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-17
Open Access
No
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