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Activist Anthropologist Angela Stuesse on Scratching Out a Living

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Activist anthropologist Angela Stuesse discusses her new book Scratching Out a Living, which takes readers deep into Mississippi's chicken-processing plants and communities, where large numbers of Latin American migrants were recruited in the mid-1990s to labor alongside an established African American workforce in some of the most dangerous and lowest-paid jobs in the country.

Illuminating connections between the areas long history of racial inequality, the industry's growth and drive to lower labor costs, immigrants' contested place in contemporary social relations, and workers' prospects for political mobilization, Stuesse paints a compelling ethnographic portrait of neoliberal globalization and calls for organizing strategies that bring diverse working communities together in mutual construction of a more just future.

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