Synopses & Reviews
andquot;This important, well-written, and accessible book adds substantially to our knowledge of a group that is much misunderstood, sometimes even maligned, and little-studied: American born women who are the children of Mexican immigrant farm workers.andquot;
andquot;This timely and compelling book provides a long over-due examination of the legacy of immigrant conditions on latter generations and is a must-read for anyone who cares about immigration policy.andquot;
andquot;Wells provides a comprehensive analysis ofthe lived experiences of daughters and granddaughters of Mexican immigrant farm workers in Imperial County, California. This is an important contribution to the study of Mexican American family lives and a great addition to the field of gender and women's studies. Highly recommended.andquot;
The work and family lives of Mexican American women in a community near the U.S.-Mexico border in Californiaandrsquo;s Imperial County are examined. Wells provides stories of the struggles, triumphs, and everyday experiences of these women and explores the social structures that create the barriers, constraints, and opportunities that have shaped their lives. These women aspire to achieve the American Dream, but the realities of life in a rural, agricultural border community strictly limit social mobility for these descendants of immigrant farm laborers.
About the Author
BARBARA WELLS is a professor of sociology and Vice President and Dean of Maryville College. She is a coauthor ofand#160; the award-winning textbook Diversity in Families.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. The Structure of Agriculture and the Organization of Farm Labor
2. Farmworker Origins
3. Life in a Border Community
4. Negotiating Work and Family
5. The Legacy of Farm Labor
6. Surviving Now and Building a Better Life for Later
7. Why Do They Stay?