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Huichol Migrant Laborers and Pesticides: Structural Violence and Cultural Confounders

Gamlin, J; (2016) Huichol Migrant Laborers and Pesticides: Structural Violence and Cultural Confounders. Medical Anthropology Quarterly , 30 (3) pp. 303-320. 10.1111/maq.12249. Green open access

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Abstract

Every year, around two thousand Huichol families migrate from their homelands in the highlands of northwestern Mexico to the coastal region of Nayarit State, where they are employed on small plantations to pick and thread tobacco leaves. During their four-month stay, they live, work, eat, and sleep in the open air next to the tobacco fields, exposing themselves to an unknown cocktail of pesticides all day, every day. In this article, I describe how these indigenous migrants are more at risk to pesticides because historical and contemporary structural factors ensure that they live and work in the way of harm. I discuss the economic, social, political, and racial inequalities that exist in their every-day environment and how these forms of structural violence are mitigated by their intersection with local cultural contexts and their specific indigenous lifeworld.

Type: Article
Title: Huichol Migrant Laborers and Pesticides: Structural Violence and Cultural Confounders
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/maq.12249
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maq.12249
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Authors. Medical Anthropology Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Anthropological Association This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508346
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