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Chicken&Kottak Questions5-8

Chicken&Kottak Questions5-8 - Kathy Tran Wed 4:00...

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Kathy Tran Wed. 4:00 Chicken , Chapters 5-8 and Kottak, Chapters 9 and 10 1) Tyson was indicted for smuggling immigrants? What resulted from the case? After a long investigation by many federal agencies, a case against Tyson foods concluded they had been smuggling immigrants into the countries and paying the coyotes to do it. Despite the confessions of many of the C.E.O.s of Tyson, the case was essentially dismissed; the courts claimed that even the highest powers at Tyson foods weren’t able to check every single document to make sure they were legitimate. 2) How is Arkansas different from California for people like Gustavo and Lucia? (Pp. 102-105) Arkansas offered lower housing prices and less competition. California is the first place illegal Mexicans look for work it is the most convenient. It is hard to find work with so many in competition for the same jobs, and often the housing situations in California are brutal with maybe a dozen men living in one garage, no place for families. 3) Why do the chicken industry managers prefer Latino workers? How has this preference influenced changes in demographics and community? Industry managers preferred Latino workers because regardless of whether they are born in the U.S. or Mexico, legal or illegal, they worked and worked hard. The demographics in the South changed dramatically. Each year the increase of Latin immigrants was remarkably high. 4) Drawing upon Kottak and Striffler, define the term Latino . What is the difference between the terms Latino and Mexican ? Latino used by Striffler pertains to the thousands of Mexican and Central American immigrants. The term “Latino” is loosely used to describe an ethnic group. 5) Why does Stiffler refer to Arkansas as “the promised land”? (Pp. 113) Arkansas is considered the “promise land” because the housing is cheaper, and Tyson offers better wages and more stability than California offers. 6) In chapter 6, Stiffler gives an ethnographic account of the struggle between the flour boys and the plant manager. (Pp. 118-122) Why was this account included in the book? This account was included in the book to show the only goal of a factory manager is to increase production in as little time as possible with as little expenditures as possible. In this case, the manager was demanding that the workers continue to work as hard even with the break down of machines. After he “fixed” the problem, it only made matters worse for the workers. 7) What point is Alejandro making when he says, “we're all Mexicans here” (124)? Mexicans are perceived as the workers who receive the lowest wages and work in the worst conditions, they simply put up with conditions because they have no other choices. In the factories the managers don’t care where you came from, inside everyone is the same person willing to do the same job.
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