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The Force of Irony : Power in the Everyday Life of Mexican Tomato Workers - Gabriel Torres

The Force of Irony

Power in the Everyday Life of Mexican Tomato Workers

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781859739365
Number Of Pages: 256

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Winner of the 'Casa Chata Award' for the Best Book of 1994 (Spanish edition)In charting the paradoxical effects of power and knowledge on the everyday life of subordinate people, this book offers a major rethinking of domination and the agricultural labor process. Challenging the belief that ethnography is theoretically weak, the author provides a fresh perspective on rural workers' responses to the development of transnational production systems and the transformations of agrarian structures brought about by the complex interactions of global and local forces. In questioning ingrained assumptions about worker consciousness, the author exposes the naivete of past approaches and the role of power and hegemony in the micro-politics of human relations. This book is obligatory reading for anyone interested in current debates about "resistance," development, and the future of rural societies.

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"(Torres) presents us with a wealth of interesting ... observations and theoretical considerations" European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 'An interesting and thoughtful book.' Ethnos

Introductionp. 1
Searching for New Ways of Understanding Farmworkersp. 9
Plunging into the Garlic: Methodological Issues and Challengesp. 28
Tomato Workp. 55
The Politics of Tomato Work: Agribusiness in Autlan Historyp. 104
On Workers' Power and Skillsp. 137
The Force of Irony and the Irony of Powerp. 168
Exploring the Opportunities of Social Change: A Theoretical Discussionp. 193
Epilogue: Who Are They?p. 215
Appendixp. 222
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781859739365
ISBN-10: 1859739369
Series: Global Issues S
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 13.87  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.4