‘On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South’
Professor Vanesa Ribas publishes her first book, an eye-opening examination of the lives of workers in the New South, via University of California Press.
“How does one put into words the rage that workers feel when supervisors threaten to replace them with workers who will not go to the bathroom in the course of a fourteen-hour day of hard labor, even if it means wetting themselves on the line?”—From the Preface
In this gutsy, eye-opening examination of the lives of workers in the New South, Vanesa Ribas, working alongside mostly Latino/a and native-born African American laborers for sixteen months, takes us inside the contemporary American slaughterhouse. Ribas, a native Spanish speaker, occupies an insider/outsider status there, enabling her to capture vividly the oppressive exploitation experienced by her fellow workers. She showcases the particular vulnerabilities faced by immigrant workers—a constant looming threat of deportation, reluctance to seek medical attention, and family separation—as she also illuminates how workers find connection and moments of pleasure during their grueling shifts. Bringing to the fore the words, ideas, and struggles of the workers themselves, On The Line underlines how deep racial tensions permeate the factory, as an overwhelmingly minority workforce is subject to white dominance. Compulsively readable, this extraordinary ethnography makes a powerful case for greater labor protection, especially for our nation’s most vulnerable workers.
The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) has awarded Jane Lilly-López a Dissertation Grant for her project “(Un)Authorized Love: U.S. Immigration Law and the Effects of Institutional (Dis)Approval on Mixed-Citizenship Families.”
Congratulations to grad student Dilara Yarbrough, who has accepted a tenure-track job in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at San Francisco State University!
The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research will hold its 3rd annual retreat on Friday, January 22, 2016, 9am-4pm, at The Village, Room 15A. The retreat is open to all UC San Diego faculty. This year’s topics are “Overcoming Political Gridlock” and “The Future of Higher Education.” In addition to presentations, there will be opportunity for discussion and exchange by all participants.
Grad student Rachel Soper has been offered a job in the Sociology Department at Cal State Channel Islands. It’s a great fit — environmental sociology, community engagement, interdisciplinary programs.