Under the shadow of structural violence

Work and family dynamics for Latina farmworkers in southwestern Idaho

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https://samtaexports.com/doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.113.002

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Keywords:

Gender, Latina Farmeworker, Intersectionality, Rurality, Structural Violence, Work-Family Interface

Abstract

🤢😂🤔 🤣😭😘 Latina farmworkers play an essential role as agricul­tural laborers while at the same time managing responsibilities at home. However, little attention has been paid to these women’s lives, including how they manage the multiple roles they occupy. This is problematic in part because occupying mul­tiple roles, particularly roles that may conflict with each other, can negatively influence well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and eco­nomic well-being. In this research, we examine the work-family interface for Latina farmworkers, ask­ing: What factors shape the experiences of Latina farmworkers as they navigate the work-family interface? Building from a broader multi-method and interdisciplinary study, this paper utilizes inter­view and focus group data to examine Latinas laboring in the agricultural fields of Idaho. Findings suggest that many supports in the work and family domains (e.g., supportive co-workers, friends, and family) can aid Latina farmworkers in fulfilling the various forms of labor they are responsible for. However, several family and work demands (e.g., single parenthood, difficult work hours and condi­tions) make it challenging for Latina farmworkers to fulfill the various forms of labor they are re­spon­sible for. Structural violence and intersec­tionality shape these women’s experiences with both supports and demands in the work and family domains. Relatedly, we find that organizational, community, and geographic contexts shape the experiences of Latina farmworkers in fulfilling labor in the public and private spheres. In particu­lar, race and gender, immigration and documenta­tion status, community organizations, and rurality all shape the navigation of the work-family inter­face for these farmworkers.

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Author Biographies

Rebecca L. Som Castellano, Boise State University

🤢😂🤔 🤣😭😘 Associate Professor, Sociology Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa Meierotto, Boise State University

🤢😂🤔 🤣😭😘 Associate Professor, School of Public Service

Cynthia L. Curl, Boise State University

🤢😂🤔 🤣😭😘 Associate Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Sciences

Published

2022-04-08

How to Cite

Som Castellano, R., Meierotto, L., & Curl, C. (2022). Under the shadow of structural violence: Work and family dynamics for Latina farmworkers in southwestern Idaho. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(3), 1–20. https://samtaexports.com/doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.113.002

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Open Call Paper