Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The farm worker story: The cylical life of seasonal, domestic farm workers in San Luis, Arizona from history to habitus
by Pecotte de Gonzalez, Brenda C., M.A., The University of Arizona, 2013, 82; 1537194
Abstract (Summary)

The farm workers who diligently tend and harvest the US fields and produce is a major component of the agriculture industry. This research explores the current issues and challenges that domestic, seasonal farm workers face through the lenses of embodiment and habitus theory. Narratives and insights from interviews were integrated with current literature to present a complete picture of the cyclical life of the domestic farm worker in San Luis, Arizona. This thesis argues that farm work is a unique profession which has left its mark on the body and the behavior. Those in the border region have added agency due to the opportunities the border presents. As this research highlights, additional attention and research is needed to redesign policies and initiatives to adequately assist and provide for a population that provides so much.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whiteford, John
Commitee: Rosales, Cecilia, de Zapien, Jill
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Latin American Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Embodiment, Habitus, Immigrant education, Seasonal farm workers, U.S-Mexico border, Unemployment
Publication Number: 1537194
ISBN: 978-1-303-07398-4
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