- ISBN 9780199739387 / 0199739382
- Title Labor and Legality
- Author Ruth Gomberg-Muoz
- Category Central Government Policies
Social & Cultural Anthropology
- Format Paperback
- Year 2010
- Pages 164
- Publisher Oxford University Press Australia
- Imprint OUP Australia and New Zealand
- Language English
- Dimensions 137mm x 206mm x 13mm
Winner of the 2011 ALLA Book Award honorable mention! Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network is an ethnography of undocumented immigrants who work as busboys at a Chicago-area restaurant. Ruth Gomberg-Munoz introduces readers to the Lions, ten friends from Mexico committed to improving their fortunes and the lives of their families. Set in and around “Il Vino,” a restaurant that could stand in for many places that employ undocumented workers, Labor and Legality reveals the faces behind the war being waged over “illegal aliens” in America. Gomberg-Munoz focuses on how undocumented workers develop a wide range of social strategies to cultivate financial security, nurture emotional well-being, and promote their dignity and self-esteem. She also reviews the political and historical circumstances of undocumented migration, with an emphasis on post-1970 socioeconomic and political conditions in the United States and Mexico. Labor and Legality is one of several volumes in the Issues of Globalization: Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology series, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization and its cultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups. Ideal for introductory anthropology courses-and as supplements for a variety of upper-level courses-these texts seamlessly combine portraits of an interconnected and globalized world with narratives that emphasize the agency of their subjects.
Ruth Gomberg-Muņoz is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has been published in American Anthropologist and the Journal for Latino-Latin American Studies.