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Campos agrícolas, campos de poder: el Estado mexicano, los granjeros canadienses y los trabajadores temporales mexicanos

Date

2006-01-01

Authors

Leigh Binford

Abstract

RESUMEN El artículo aborda el análisis del Programa de Trabajadores Agrícolas Temporales entre México y Canadá a través de los conceptos “campos sociales” y “campos de poder” para entender la aparente contradicción entre la satisfacción abiertamente expresada por los participantes en el programa y el alto grado de control, trabajo intensivo y bajos salarios que muchos trabajadores padecen en Canadá. Solamente cuando observamos la manera como los migrantes “tejen” diferentes campos de poder –el campo de relaciones sociales en Canadá y el campo local formado por las relaciones en la comunidad en que viven– podemos entender que al ir a trabajar a Canadá, lo que implica un rompimiento de los lazos con sus familias y comunidades, los trabajadores migrantes pueden cumplir con las expectativas morales y culturales de sus localidades.

ABSTRACT
This essay analyses the Temporary Farm Workers Program between Mexico and Canada using the terms “social fields” and “power spaces” to understand the apparent contradiction between the satisfaction expressed by the participants in the program and high levels of control, intensive work and low wages that the workers suffer in Canada. Only when we observe the ways the migrants “weave” the different power spaces—in Canada’s social relations space and the space shaped by the relations in the community they live—we can understand that to be working in Canada, that means to break their family and community bonds, the workers can comply with the local moral and cultural expectations.

Journal title

Migraciones internacionales

Volume

3

Issue

3

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis and Documented cases of abuse

Target groups

Policymakers, Public awareness, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Right to equality (national origin), Right to liberty, and Right to dignity

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, México, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Spheres of activity

Sociology

Languages

Spanish