Culture, Society and Praxis

Document Type

Main Theme / Tema Central


This paper discusses identity creation and the environment of oppression and exploitation that exists for California’s Mexican Transnational agricultural workers. How do we, as consumers, contribute to the oppression of Mexican transnationals and other migrant workers? Many of us are not willing to admit that we contribute to this problem but in fact we are collectively responsible for the perpetuation of socialized misconceptions of this particular population. If we, as consumers, continue to purchase agricultural products produced on farms that employ Mexican migrant laborers at substandard wages; and permit the use of dangerous pesticides in those same contexts, then we also contribute to the exploitation and the undermining of the wellbeing of said workers. This essay seeks to address such questions by examining the adaptation of Mexican migrant agricultural workers to life in California.