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Author Horton, Sarah Bronwen, author

Title They leave their kidneys in the fields : illness, injury, and illegality among U.S. farmworkers / Sarah Bronwen Horton
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 250 pages)
Series California series in public anthropology ; 40
California series in public anthropology ; 40.
Contents Introduction: "They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields" -- Entering farmwork : migrations and men's work identities -- Burning up : heat illness in California's fields -- Identity loan : document exchange in migrant communities -- "Child neglect" : the invisible labor of teens -- Alt presión : the physiological toll of farmwork -- Ivaro's casket : heat illness and chronic disease at work -- "Desabilitado" : kidney disease and the disability assistance hole -- Diverted retirement : the pension crisis among elderly farmworkers -- Conclusion : strategies towards change -- Appendix A. On engaged anthropology and ethnographic writing -- Appendix B. Methods -- Appendix C. Synopses of core research participants
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 06, 2016)
Subject Migrant agricultural laborers -- Health and hygiene -- California -- Central Valley
Migrant agricultural laborers -- California -- Central Valley -- Social conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Health and hygiene
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Social conditions
California -- Central Valley
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015049983
ISBN 9780520962545
Other Titles Illness, injury, and illegality among U.S. farmworkers