The Dream Fields of Florida

The Dream Fields of Florida : Mexican Farmworkers and the Myth of Belonging

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Using ethnographic data from several immigrant farmworker communities in Florida, Schmidt unravels the embedded structural inequalities of U.S. society and the ideological discourses that mask them. This book is a timely and increasingly necessary look at one of the most invisible populations in the U.S., one that has been systematically ignored and continuously misrepresented.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739138723
  • 9780739138724

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This book is engaging and illuminating-sociology at its best-going beyond tabulation of quantitative data to provide insights about social dynamics in contemporary society. Ella Schmidt's observations, conversations, and analyses are well-embedded in a developing conceptual and research framework. She does not simply examine surface patterns of immigrant settlement like the sorts of valuable but constrained analyses that emerge from Pew, the Migration Policy Institute, and other DC think tanks. Her book contributes to better public understanding of the contemporary situation of farmworkers (more than half of whom are, indeed, unauthorized Mexican immigrants) at a time when we are about to reembark on public debate about immigration policy. -- Edward Kissam, senior researcher, JBS International
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About Ella Schmidt

Ella Schmidt is assistant professor in the department of Anthropology, Criminology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter I. The Hidden, Shameful Presence Chapter 3 Chapter II. The Imposition of Identities Chapter 4 Chapter III. Identities, Localities, Globalities Chapter 5 Chapter IV. Schools as Alienating Institutions Chapter 6 Chapter V. Rituals of Daily Life: Past Sorrows, Present Prides Chapter 7 Chapter VI. Straddling the Tracks: Mexican Farmworkers and the Politics of Identity Chapter 8 Chapter VII. Conclusions Chapter 9 Afterword
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