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A Seventh Man

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Why does the Western world look to migrant laborers to perform the most menial tasks? What compels people to leave their homes and accept this humiliating situation? In A Seventh Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it is to be a migrant worker—the material circumstances and the inner experience—and, in doing so, reveal how the migrant is not so much on t ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Verso (first published November 7th 1975)
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Dec 18, 2010 !Tæmbuŝu marked it as to-read
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I for one certainly am on the side of migrant workers back then and today. But this book was written by pro labor union people , people who know nothing first hand about the real feeling of migrant workers.

I am the first to admit all my first hand info is about the migrant workers of today, both legal and undocumented. So it is possible the writers of this book could have been right about some things back then.
Moving and insightful. And frankly astonishing how completely relevant it still is decades later -- the economies & industries may change, but the process, tension, and effects of migrant labor remain unchanged. A really humanizing and illuminating look at the underlying dynamics (at a macro level) and the effects on the spirit, mind, emotion, life (at the individual, human, 'micro' level). And does so poetically.
Sep 03, 2007 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wealthy industrialists
Written about migrant workers in Europe post-WWII, this book is more relevant than ever before, particularly for Americans.
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John Peter Berger is an English art critic, novelist, painter and author. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a college text.
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