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Author Zlolniski, Christian, author

Title Made in Baja : the lives of farmworkers and growers behind Mexico's transnational agricultural boom / Christian Zlolniski
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
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Contents Introduction -- The birth and development of export agriculture in the San Quintín Valley -- Transnational agribusiness, local growers, and discontents -- Labor recruitment : from local to transnational systems of labor contracting -- "They want first-class workers with third world wages" : the workplace regime of transnational agriculture -- Resisting the carrilla in the workplace : forms of labor protests -- Colonizing and establishing roots in arid lands -- Watercide : export agriculture, water insecurity, and social unrest -- Conclusion -- Appendix : policy recommendations
Summary "Much of the produce that Americans eat is grown in the Mexican state of Baja California, the site of a multi-billion dollar export agricultural boom that has generated jobs and purportedly reduced poverty and labor migration to the U.S. But how has this growth affected those living there? Based on a decade of ethnographic fieldwork, Made in Baja examines the unforeseen consequences for residents in the region of San Quintín, including the tripling of its population; mushrooming precarious colonia communities lacking basic infrastructure and services; and turbulent struggles for labor, civic, and political rights. Anthropologist Christian Zlolniski reveals the effects of growers structuring the industry around an insatiable demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. He also investigates the ecological damage--'watercide'--and the social side effects of exploiting natural resources for agricultural production. Weaving together stories from both farmworkers and growers, Made in Baja provides an eye-opening look at the dynamic economy developing south of the border"--Provided by publisher
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Subject Agricultural laborers -- Mexico -- Baja California (State) -- Social conditions
Agricultural laborers -- Social conditions.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Mexico -- Baja California (State)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019022006
ISBN 0520971930
9780520971936