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Publisher's Summary

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies provides an intimate examination of the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants in our contemporary food system. An anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, Seth M. Holmes shows how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes' material is visceral and powerful. He trekked with his companions illegally through the desert into Arizona and was jailed with them before they were deported. He lived with indigenous families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the US, planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, and accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals. This "embodied anthropology" deepens our theoretical understanding of the ways in which social inequalities and suffering come to be perceived as normal and natural in society and in health care.

©2013 The Regents of the University of California (P)2016 Tantor

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"Dr. Holmes exposes the links among suffering, the inequalities related to the structural violence of global trade which compel migration, and the symbolic violence of stereotypes and prejudices that normalize racism." ( New York Journal of Books)

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  • Sawn
  • 09-01-20

The voice is worse than text to speech software

This book goes over the hardships and the immense complicated journey of undocumented workers to the united states with interviews and first hand accounts. The voice was extremely monotone and grating regardless of what was going on in the book. I've heard siri speak with more tonal and emotional shift in her voice.

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  • Zachary McGuire
  • 15-04-18

Pronunciation is poor

The book is great, but the narrator poorly pronounces the Spanish words that are common throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-20

Had to read this for a Chicano studies class

I had to read this book for a class, and I’m glad I did since this book was just real powerful in its message and has definitely impacted me and moved me on these manny important issues that Mexicans in America face. Overall I loved the book and the author’s authenticity and commitment to these people’s stories

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  • Threeruffians
  • 02-12-20

Good perspective

Holmes study of the Triqui migrant farm workers is an attempt at understanding an insiders perspective at what it takes to make the long trek across the dangerous border to the US.

Along the journey, he describes physical violence and exploitation that happens to these people, and he alludes to the structures that keep them from getting ahead as indigenous peoples of Mexico, or their inability to get legal US citizenship.

Good book!

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  • MIBELLAS
  • 20-11-19

information presented well

easy listening, well organized and straightforward presentation of information, story-like instead of textual (which I like) and very enlightening

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  • supermomx3
  • 25-07-19

An important read-please read it!

I would recommend everyone in the US read this book. There is much to be gained from understanding why people choose to migrate, the risks they take and the conditions they endure. It’s a heavy topic written by Seth Holmes who is a Dr. in both medicine and anthropology. Despite being heavy and academic, it’s an accessible read.

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  • Erin
  • 19-04-17

A must read!

Everyone should read this book! Especially in the time we are in currently. This book is well written and will completely change your views on migration and healthcare for the undocumented workers in America.

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  • Chevonne Staton
  • 27-04-16

Good book

Reading is a bit dry but the story is wonderful and a very important. It causes you to think about where your food comes from.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-19

great ethnographic account

eye opening , quick read, spreads awareness, great read for political climate in the us

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  • Rachel Barnett
  • 31-07-18

a must read

I loved this book. Holmes framing the narrative as a anthropologist and physician made for a powerful and moving book.