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They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and Illegality Among U.S. Farmworkers

Sarah Bronwen Horton

Abstract

They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields takes the reader on an ethnographic tour of the melon and corn harvesting fields in California’s Central Valley to understand why farmworkers die at work each summer. Laden with captivating detail of farmworkers’ daily work and home lives, this book examines uses ethnography to show how U.S. immigration and labor policies have made migrant farmworkers “exceptional workers.” It explores the deeply intertwined political, legal, and social factors that place Latino migrants at particular risk of illness and injury in the fields, and that saddle them with a h ... More

Keywords: U.S. immigration policy, U.S. labor policy, Farmworkers, Exceptional workers, Health care, Disability, Social Security, Preventable morbidity, Premature death, Ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283268
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283268.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Bronwen Horton, author
University of Colorado