Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Immigrants and Agriculture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_619-1



In this exploration of the relationship between agriculture and immigration, we seek a history beyond one merely of general population movements or of agriculture as an ecological mode of living. The focus is on the various kinds of relationships the two human endeavors have with one another.

While people have long moved from one place to another in order to grow subsistence crops, based on seasonal, topographical, or some other factors, and while immigration is perhaps as often a result of the termination of agricultural activities, we will focus on transnational migration that entails the engagement in agricultural pursuits on “foreign” land, either voluntarily, inadvertently, or involuntarily, in the context of contemporary late capitalist, globalized agriculture.

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Immigration Reform And Control Act (IRCA) Migrant Farmworkers Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) Temporary Foreign Worker Program Bracero Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and SociologyRoger Williams UniversityBristolUSA