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Author Martínez, Samuel, 1959-

Title Peripheral migrants : Haitians and Dominican Republic sugar plantations / Samuel Martinez
Edition First edition
Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1995]


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Description xix, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The origins of demand -- 2. Mobilizing labor -- 3. The setting -- 4. Poverty, labor circulation, and the reproduction of rural livelihoods -- 5. The impact on the home area -- 6. Migrants and stay-at-homes : women and labor circulation -- 7. Viejos and congoses -- 8. Migration in global perspective -- Postscript : an afterthought on method
Summary Samuel Martinez pays close attention to the economic maneuvers Haitians adopt on both sides of the border as they use Dominican money to meet their present needs and to assure future subsistence at home in Haiti. The emigrants who adapt best, he finds, are those who maintain close ties to their home areas. Yet, in addition to showing how rural Haitians survive under severe poverty and oppression, Martinez reveals the risks they incur by crossing the border as cane workers: divided families, increased short-term deprivation and economic insecurity, and, all too often, early death. He further notes that labor circulation is not part of an unchanging cycle in rural Haiti but a source of income that is vulnerable to the downturns in the global economy
Peripheral Migrants examines the circulation of labor from rural Haiti to the sugar estates of the Dominican Republic and its impact on the lives of migrants and their kin. The first such study to draw on community-based fieldwork in both countries, the book also shows how ethnographic and historical approaches can be combined to reconstruct patterns of seasonal and repeat migration
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-222) and index
Subject Foreign workers, Haitian -- Dominican Republic.
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Haiti.
Sugar workers -- Dominican Republic.
LC no. 95004359
ISBN 0870499017 (cl. : alk. paper)