The OneBook CRC selection for the 2015/2016 academic year is
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
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About the Book
This book is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants. Based on 5 years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), Holmes, an anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes’ material is visceral and powerful—for instance, he trekked with his informants illegally through the desert border into Arizona, where they were apprehended and jailed by the Border Patrol. After he was released from jail (and his companions were deported back to Mexico), Holmes interviewed Border Patrol agents, local residents and armed vigilantes in the borderlands. He lived with indigenous Mexican families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the United States, planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals, participated in healing rituals, and mourned at funerals for friends. The result is a ‘thick description’ that conveys the full measure of struggle, suffering and resilience of these farmworkers. "Selected Works of Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD." Selected Works. BE Press, 2014. Web. 8 July 2015.
March 31, 2016
A Discussion with Seth M. Holmes (Author, Fresh Fruit Broken Bodies), Francisco Ventura M (a Triqui farm worker contributor to Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies), & Elio Santos (the Coordinator of Youth for the Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales)
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