Holmes Honored for His Book on Migrant Farmworkers

Photo: Seth Holmes
Seth Holmes

Photo: Book cover to "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies"
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies"

Seth Holmes received the 2013 New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology for his book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. The Society established the award to recognize and promote excellence in medical anthropology and impact beyond the discipline of anthropology. Holmes is the Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and co-director of the MD/PhD track in medical anthropology coordinated between UC Berkeley and UCSF.

The Society for the Anthropology of Work also honored Holmes with its 2013 Anthropology of Work Book Award.

In Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies, Holmes examines the social and economic inequalities facing Mexican migrants based on five years of research in the field. Through the lens of his experiences and the voice of the workers themselves, Holmes explores how these inequalities produce health disparities in the United States. He questions the mechanisms that normalize social and health inequalities and how they play out in the context of Mexico-US migration.

Read an excerpt of his book published by University of California Press.

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