Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Workers in the United States

February 26th, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

University of New Orleans
International Center, Room 112

Dr. Seth M. Holmes, Martin Sisters Assistant Professor, Health and Social Behavior at the University of California, Berkeley, will present a paper at the University of New Orleans entitled “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Workers in the United States.” Based on five years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), this talk explores how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care.

Dr. Seth M. Holmes is a cultural anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health inequalities, and the ways in which such inequalities are naturalized and normalized in society and in health care. His book under the same title won the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Award, the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award and the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Holmes is Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology. He is Co-Director of the MD/PhD Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UCSF and UC Berkeley and Founding Director of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. He also sees patients at the public hospital in Oakland, California.

For more information please contact Steve Striffler (504-280-3305).

Mexico + People
Diego Rose
Professor - Global Community Health and Behavioral Science