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Immigration, Culture, and Knowledge: Tools for Farming the American Dream

October 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Immigration, Culture, and Knowledge: Tools for Farming the American Dream


By Maria Josefa Santos

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Noon-1:30 pm 200 S. Kedzie Hall

Pizza provided


Although immigration is often framed in negative terms, there are inherent aspects of the immigrant experience that contribute to their success in this U.S. Dr. Santos’ ethnographic research with immigrant Mexican farmers in West Michigan revealed that the immigration process, combined with their culture, provide these immigrants with tools and networks that allow them to embark on the American dream. She explores their strategies for buying and running blueberry farms, and other businesses such as fruit packers, shops and restaurants. Dr. Santos will discuss how these Mexicans have become American farmers adapting to the norms and knowledge that this activity requires, without abandoning the logic of the campesino families from which they come. This has culminated in the recently published book “Between Campesinos and Farmers: Mexican Blueberry Producers in Michigan”.


Doctor Maria Josefa Santos, a social anthropologist, is a senior research professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a member of the prestigious Sistema Nacional de Investigaciones Sociales, in humanities. Her research focuses on the relationship between culture and technology. She has published widely, teaches courses, and supervises graduate students with a focus on this topic.


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Department of Anthropology

Chicano/Latino Studies Program

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October 11, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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200 S. Kedzie Hall


Department of Anthropology
Chicano/Latino Studies Program