Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Book Reading and Discussion with Author Seth Holmes
In Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, anthropologist and MD Seth Holmes uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and healthcare. Holmes trekked with his informants illegally through the desert border into Arizona, where they were apprehended and jailed by the Border Patrol.
After he was released from jail, Holmes interviewed Border Patrol agents, local residents, and armed vigilantes in the borderlands. He lived with indigenous families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the United States, planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals, participated in healing rituals, and mourned at funerals. The result is a book that conveys the full measure of struggle, suffering, and resilience of these farmworkers.
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