Wed, May 1, 2013 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM • SAC 5.118
"Indigenous Mexican Farmworkers, Transnational Ethnic Hierarchies, and the Naturalization of Suffering."
Seth M. Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Health and Social Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Holmes received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Medical Anthropology and his Medical Degree in General Medicine from the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco. His work focuses broadly on the role that perceptions of difference play in the production and reproduction of social hierarchies and health disparities.
Dr. Holmes' recent book, "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies-Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies Migrant Farmworkers in the United States," explores the social and suffering hierarchies in U.S.-Mexico migration as well as the ways in which these asymmetries come to be seen as deserved, normal, and natural. The book draws on approximately eighteen months of participant-observation, migrating with undocumented indigenous Mexicans in the United States and Mexico. This included picking berries in Washington State, pruning vineyards in California, harvesting corn in the mountains of Oaxaca, accompanying migrant laborers on clinic visits, and trekking across the border desert into Arizona.