Globalization and Immigrant Transformations
This introductory chapter describes the U.S. poultry industry, which harnesses globalization's technologies and neoliberalism's labor-control strategies. Since eight of the top ten poultry-producing states are located in the South, the vast majority of this industry's workers are foreign-born Hispanic immigrants. On that note, Mississippi ranks as the country's fourth largest producer of poultry—the state's top agricultural product since 1994, the year after local processors recruited workers from Latin America. The state's chicken plants processed approximately 757 million chickens in an average of 1,500 per minute with its roughly twenty-eight thousand workers; thus, generating more than 2.8 billion dollars in revenue.
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