Reimagining the Immigrant: The Accommodation of Mexican by B. Haley

By B. Haley

Reimagining the Immigrant examines integrative practices via citizens in the direction of Mexican immigrants in a small farm city in the USA. This groundbreaking publication sheds mild at the coexisting practices of discrimination and lodging and the ways that immigrants and confirmed citizens reimagine ethnic id in a extra optimistic gentle.

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Carrots’ susceptibility to nematodes limited the use of a field to one or two years in succession. Thus, the carrot grower was constantly shifting fields. Heavy irrigation was required; hence, the grower managed a mobile team of irrigation workers. The crop was harvested mechanically with specialized equipment that was trucked in and moved rapidly from field to field to remove the entire Shandon carrot crop in a few days of feverish activity. The Changing Farm and Town 37 The Mexico Connection Although there were clear social impacts on Shandon associated with declining grain and cattle production and the rising absenteeism that accompanied the new crops, the greatest change came from the labor requirements of the new crops.

8 Large cattle ranches in the region that had existed for a century or more sold portions of their land to resolve inheritance taxes or for other financial reasons. The two largest ranches were sold in their entirety. 2). 2 San Luis Obispo County cattle and calves number of head (columns) and value (line), 1967–1991. Source: San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures, Annual Reports, 1968 through 1991. 30 Reimagining the Immigrant in 1974 cattle prices fell and stayed down, except brief ly in 1979.

The introduction of almonds and grapes on a large scale made growers dependent on Mexican labor. By 1990 immigrant workers were present in all sectors of local agriculture. , Massey et al. 1987; Palerm and Urquiola 1993). 5 consisted entirely of Anglo farm workers from grain and hay farms and cattle ranches leaving the region. Their departure coincided with major reductions in wheat, alfalfa, and sugar beet production, the beginning 38 Reimagining the Immigrant 50 No. 5 Ethnicity of local farm worker household heads with children in Shandon District schools, 1968–1990.

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