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Carceral Landscapes, Invisible Laborers: Mexican Farmhands in Vermont Dairy Agriculture

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04/01/2009

The iconic Vermont landscape of red barns, white churches, and rolling hills and fields is one we love and think we know. Yet Latino farmworkers' year-round presence and labor have remained invisible in this same countryside, even as they help to maintain the rural character and agricultural economy of the state. Since the late 1990s, Mexican farmworkers have come to labor as racialized others in Vermont. To make their lives and work here more visible, Susannah McCandless has engaged in participatory research focused on workers' experience within the landscape, as enclosed, immobilized, and active subjects.

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