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On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South

Vanesa Ribas

Abstract

On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South portrays the workplace conditions, social relations, and intergroup attitudes of Latino migrants and African Americans in the contemporary American South, a region that has undergone a dramatic transformation since the late 1980s, as a result of immigration. The book is an ethnography of a large meatpacking plant in rural North Carolina, where I held a job as a production worker for sixteen months, totaling more than 3,500 hours of participant observation between August 2009 and December 2010. My objective was to understand how ... More

Keywords: immigrants, race, labor, African Americans, Latin America, Latinos, meatpacking, American South, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282957
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282957.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vanesa Ribas, author
University of California, San Diego