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Vanesa Ribas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282957

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282957.001.0001

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Prismatic Engagement: Latina/o and African American Workers’ Encounters in A Southern Meatpacking Plant

(p.184) Chapter 8 Conclusion
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Vanesa Ribas

University of California Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the theoretical and empirical contributions of the book and offers an expanded analysis of the book’s main original analytic concept—“prismatic engagement”—as a useful conceptual tool for understanding social relations between subordinated groups that are mediated by whiteness in a system of race characterized by white dominance. The chapter proposes legal and policy shifts, interventions that could begin to improve and protect the working conditions and workplace rights of all workers.

Keywords:   prismatic engagement, policy, law, workplace rights, working conditions, immigration reform, whiteness, race

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