Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Xaripu Community

The Xaripu Community Across Borders; Labor, Migration, Community and Family.
Manuel Barajas.  University of Notre Dame Press.  2009.

Barajas provides one of  the first cross-national comparative study  to examine an indigenous Mexican community ‘s experience with immigration and transnational economic exploitation.   He describes an extended case study of the Xaripu community in Michoacán and in Stockton, California.

The farm worker population is constantly changing.  Older Mexican farm  workers have been replaced by younger Zapotec, Mixtec, and other indigenous immigrants such as those from Xaripu . The current generation of workers know little of the gains of the1970’s; the UFW holds few contracts, workers  wages have again fallen, and the conditions in the fields are only scantly improved.  Anyone seeking to understand farm labor must understand the diversity of experiences within the migrant communities.

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