• Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies

  • Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
  • By: Seth Holmes
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies

By: Seth Holmes
Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
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Publisher's Summary

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies provides an intimate examination of the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants in our contemporary food system. An anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, Seth M. Holmes shows how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes' material is visceral and powerful. He trekked with his companions illegally through the desert into Arizona and was jailed with them before they were deported. He lived with indigenous families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the US, planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, and accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals. This "embodied anthropology" deepens our theoretical understanding of the ways in which social inequalities and suffering come to be perceived as normal and natural in society and in health care.

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Critic Reviews

"Dr. Holmes exposes the links among suffering, the inequalities related to the structural violence of global trade which compel migration, and the symbolic violence of stereotypes and prejudices that normalize racism." ( New York Journal of Books)

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Pronunciation is poor

The book is great, but the narrator poorly pronounces the Spanish words that are common throughout the book.

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An important read-please read it!

I would recommend everyone in the US read this book. There is much to be gained from understanding why people choose to migrate, the risks they take and the conditions they endure. It’s a heavy topic written by Seth Holmes who is a Dr. in both medicine and anthropology. Despite being heavy and academic, it’s an accessible read.

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The voice is worse than text to speech software

This book goes over the hardships and the immense complicated journey of undocumented workers to the united states with interviews and first hand accounts. The voice was extremely monotone and grating regardless of what was going on in the book. I've heard siri speak with more tonal and emotional shift in her voice.

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a must read

I loved this book. Holmes framing the narrative as a anthropologist and physician made for a powerful and moving book.

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What a thought provoking book! It's a must read!

The narratives throughout this book draws the reader into the lives of Triqui people and the hierarchy that exists in the United States. It is a definite eye opener and to anyone who does not believe in the suffering and injustices faced by undocumented individuals and minorities in this country, then they should read this book and reevaluate their primary assumptions.

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A must read!

Everyone should read this book! Especially in the time we are in currently. This book is well written and will completely change your views on migration and healthcare for the undocumented workers in America.

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Good book

Reading is a bit dry but the story is wonderful and a very important. It causes you to think about where your food comes from.

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The reader should have prepared better to properly pronounce the place names of this book.

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Some excellent material

Some excellent material. This book really opened my eyes. But it should have been written as two books, 1. one book for an audience of theoreticians and professionals and 2. the other book for a lay audience like me. Nonetheless I am very glad I read it.

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Amazing

Great ethnography by Seth Holmes. Definitely will use his approach in my own research in the future.