• Seth Holmes
  • Universidad Politécnica Salesiana
  • Available only for co-editions in Spanish. All other rights: and
  • English and Spanish
  • Printed, Electronic
    • 978-994-2093-54-7
  • Original in English, University of California Press in the California Series in Public Anthropology
    • Milagros Aguirre
    • +593 (2) 396–2899

Holmes’ book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States was published in 2013 by the University of California Press in the California Series in Public Anthropology. The book is based on 18 months multi-sited ethnographic research within a transnational migrant agricultural circuit linking villages in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, to agricultural areas of Central California, Oregon, and Washington State. The book uses first-hand ethnographic field notes and transcripts from interviews, alongside anthropological theory to analyze the effects of economic and border enforcement policies on indigenous people from Southern Mexico, the effects of ethnicity and citizenship hierarchies on health, the interactions and misunderstandings between Mexican migrant patients and their physicians, as well as ways in which social and health inequalities come to be taken for granted as well as sometimes confronted and challenged.

English Edition: Margaret Mead Award 2014, Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Award 2013, James M. Blaut Award by the American Association of Geographers 2015
Spanish Edition: Lasa Award 2018

". . . a gripping read. . ." —Paul Farmer, Co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"A provocative, important new book. . ." —Marke B., Bay Guardian

"The reader lives the detail and is much moved."—Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity

"Provides a unique understanding of the political economy of migrant labor and of its human cost."—Didier Fassin is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the author of Humanitarian Reason.

". . . a powerful exposé. . ." —João Biehl, author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment