The H-2 program, originally based in Florida, is the longest running labor-importation program in the country. Over the course of a quarter-century of research, Griffith studied rural labor processes and their national and international effects. In this book, he examines the socioeconomic effects of the H-2 program on both the areas where the laborers work and the areas they are from, and, taking a uniquely humanitarian stance, he considers the effects of the program on the laborers themselves.
David Griffith is Professor of Anthropology at East Carolina University. He is also the author of The Estuary's Gift: An Atlantic Coast Biography (Penn State, 1999).
Contents Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Out of Florida Introduction: In the State with the Prettiest Name 1. Alleged Shortages at Home, Certain Surpluses Abroad: North American Temporary Worker Programs 2. Occupations Abandoned, Workers Displaced: Seasonal Labor Before and After H-2 Part II: Jamaican Experiences, 1981-2001 3. From Beauty to Truth 4. Aspects of the Machete 5. Guests as Hosts: Jamaicans in the Tourist Industry Part III: Mexican Experiences, 1988-2003 6. When Owls Die, Ellos Nos Hierieron 7. Bodies on Hold: Gender and H-2 Conclusion: Lasting Firsts References Index