Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

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Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology

First Advisor

Alejandro Cerón


Racialization, Farmworkers, Migrant, H2A Visa


Scholars have argued that an existing gap between the idealization of American prosperity and actualization of American exploitation occurs on account of racialization. Racialization refers to the process in which subsets of people are reduced to a set of occupational practices, beliefs, or narratives that work to define their low position within societal hierarchy (Garcia 2014). This concept distinguishes itself from racism as it focuses on the conditions that exist in order for the reproduction of racism and oppression to occur (Gonzalez-Sobrino and Goss 2019). Thus, it will be argued that the reproduction of these tenants occurs capitalistically and perpetually. A historical examination of the US’s role in foreign affairs in respect to South and Central America is vital in understanding the large extent to which racialization has shaped temporary work conditions. The racialization of this population will be examined and separated based on the various waves of guest worker programs in order to display the similarities of the US’s role in foreign affairs temporally.

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