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Migrant Farmworkers and Our Food System: Inequalities, Health, and What's Gone Wrong

Seth is Chair of Medical Anthropology, Co-Director of the MD/PhD Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UCSF and UC Berkeley, and Co-Chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. His research focuses on social hierarchies, health, health care and the naturalization and normalization of difference and inequality in the context of US-Mexico im/migration and our transnational food system. For this research, he spent one and a half years full-time migrating with Triqui native Mexican farmworkers, living in labor camps and picking strawberries in Washington and Oregon, living in a slum apartment and pruning vineyards in California, living in a village in the mountains of southern Mexico while harvesting and planting corn, and crossing the border desert on foot into Arizona. The book from this work, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies (UC Press 2013), received the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Award, the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award, and the James M. Blaut Award from the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.


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