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Jornalero

Being a Day Laborer in the USA

Juan Thomas Ordonez

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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The United States has seen a dramatic rise in the number of informal day labor sites in the last two decades. Typically frequented by Latin American men (mostly "undocumented" immigrants), these sites constitute an important source of unskilled manual labor. Despite day laborers’ ubiquitous presence in urban areas, however, their very existence is overlooked in much of the research on immigration. While standing in plain view, these jornaleros live and work in a precarious environment: as they try to make enough money to send home, they are at the mercy of unscrupulous employers, doing dangerous and underpaid work, and, ultimately, experiencing great threats to their identities and social roles as men.

Juan Thomas Ordóñez spent two years on an informal labor site in the San Francisco Bay Area, documenting the harsh lives led by some of these men during the worst economic crisis that the United States has seen in decades. He earned a perspective on the immigrant experience based on close relationships with a cohort of men who grappled with constant competition, stress, and loneliness. Both eye-opening and heartbreaking, the book offers a unique perspective on how the informal economy of undocumented labor truly functions in American society.

 

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united states, economic crisis, constant competition, unskilled manual labor, latin american men, stress, undocumented labor, poor, san francisco bay area, american labor, industrial relations, american society, social roles, day laborer, precarious, business, informal day labor sites, underpaid work, urban, california series in public anthropology, undocumented immigrants, american immigrants, loneliness, american economy, informal labor, labor studies, dangerous work, anthropology, informal economy, poverty