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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

This comment was written by Karen Lazcano on 8 Oct 2014.

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Love the Labor, Leave the Bodies

I think that the NPR piece ties in really well with the subject of the objectification of bodies as labor power that Mitchell describes. Manny’s narrative is only one of many that describes being part of the erecting a community but being negated the benefits of such a community. I think that a similar effect is evident in gentrification happening in urban settings throughout the country. Poor, migrant workers and families are being displaced to accommodate for wealthier tenants. Not only does this provide concern in terms of creating class segregated neighborhoods, but also in the erasure of the roles these migrant groups have held in the history of the community. The idea that Mexican bodies would represent only labor power is another way of dehumanizing the working migrants, just like we’ve seen throughout the course.
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Landscapes and Labor in California By: Joshua Mandell (8 October 2014)
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