Topic paper #1 - Running Head ETHICAL THEORIES IN MIGRANT WORKERS Ethical Theories in Migrant Workers How Struggles of Migrant Workers Are Justified by

Topic paper #1 - Running Head ETHICAL THEORIES IN MIGRANT...

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Running Head: ETHICAL THEORIES IN MIGRANT WORKERS 1 Ethical Theories in Migrant Workers: How Struggles of Migrant Workers Are Justified by Ethics Kyung Y. Chung California Poly Pomona Dr. Dorothy M. Farias AG 401 Topic Paper #1 February 4, 2017
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ETHICAL THEORIES IN MIGRANT WORKERS 2 Introduction Most Americans will live their lives oblivious to the hardships and arduous conditions faced by the very people who help put food on our table at affordable prices. The three films, The Harvest/La Cosecha (2011) , Harvest of Shame (1960) , and Harvest of Dignity (2012) dive into the lives of the families of these workers and discusses the unethical usage of labor and visualizes their harsh and often unsanitary living conditions from The Great Migration to contemporary American society. While the majority of the United States encourages their children to dream big and is supportive of the decisions of younger generations, children of migrant workers are working hard in the fields losing sight of their dreams and hopes. By analyzing ethical theories including Consequentialism, Ethical/Cultural Relativism, Ethical Egoism, and Social Contract Theory, migrant worker’s lives are carefully examined and considered in light of what is truly justifiable as morale and what is and could actually be bearable. Consequentialism It is probable to assume that every parent wants the best for their children. Nevertheless, in the case of the migrant farm workers, anyone capable of physical labor even including their children are pushed into working due to financial dependence. Under the Ethical Theory of Consequentialism, these children of migrant workers working on the field adds much more financial stability in comparison to them being in a classroom. Consequentialism holds that the consequence and outcome of one’s conduct is the sole indicator of what is morally right (Mastin, 2008). The dire need for each dollar earned overlooks prioritizing the children’s education and can be seen as the right choice for the migrant workers. Thus, it is justifiable for parents to take
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ETHICAL THEORIES IN MIGRANT WORKERS 3 their kids from the classroom to the fields because eating and having a roof over their heads is very important. Although Consequentialist theory justifies the need for children as field workers over classroom achievers, there has been changes in children’s lives due when looking at Harvest of Shame (1960) and Harvest of Dignity (2012). In Harvest of Shame, Edward R. Murrow mentions that children are left to fend for themselves while the mom picks beans in the day (1960). He
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