Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont (Paperback)

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In her timely new book, Teresa M. Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Through ethnographic portraits of Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont’s dairy industry, Mares powerfully illuminates the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. In doing so, Life on the Other Border exposes how broader movements for food justice and labor rights play out in the agricultural sector, and powerfully points to the misaligned agriculture and immigration policies impacting our food system today.

About the Author

Teresa M. Mares is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont.

Praise For…

"Mares’s book contributes enormously to the fields of critical ethnography, borderland studies, and immigration studies,
and would be an excellent addition to any classroom or public discussion of labor rights and food justice."
— Gastronomica

"[Mares] successfully conveys the importance and value that agricultural laborers bring to our food system, and how their identities are often erased from the consumer experience further down the value chain."
— Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

"The most significant contribution of the book is its artful balance of structural vulnerability and agency. . . . This is not just another tale of im/migrant worker woe—rather, we see how farmworker-led activism, and university-community partner-
ships, can make progress toward food justice, even in the oppressive context of the 'other' borderlands."
— Anthropology of Work Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520295735
ISBN-10: 0520295730
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English