Farm Worker Transnational Struggle

Description: (Formerly numbered Labor and Workplace Studies 126.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Focus on historical and contemporary issues farm workers face in restructured economy, and class, racial, and gender dynamics that shape their work experiences and economic and political opportunities in society at large. Study also covers gender, race, and class conflicts in workplace and during collective struggles for equality in contemporary society. Topics include political and cultural legacy of farm workers' struggle in U.S. and its long-lasting impact on labor movement and immigrant workers' and social justice movements. Special focus on assessing and understanding role farm-worker-led labor and civil rights movements have had in promoting multiethnic and multiracial campaigns for workplace and economic justice from cross-border perspective. Students develop theoretical and practical understanding of farm workers' experiences across U.S.-Mexico border, and of legacy of United Farm Workers and other farm worker unions. P/NP or letter grading.

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