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The Grassroots Reconfiguration of U.S. Immigration Policy
Despite the increasing constriction of immigrants’ rights at the federal level, local responses have been much more varied, countering, compensating for, even transforming policies originating fromExpand
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The Resurgence of Sharecropping: Historical Anomaly or Political Strategy?
  • M. J. Wells
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 July 1984
Although traditional economic theories regard sharecropping as inefficient and likely to dwindle in systems of capitalist commodity production, sharecropping has exhibited remarkable persistenceExpand
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What is a Worker? The Role of Sharecroppers in Contemporary Class Structure
CONTRARY to expectations in the late nineteenth century,l the class structures of advanced societies are not becoming more simplified and oppositional. Rather than resolving into two great polarizedExpand
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Unionization and immigrant incorporation in San Francisco hotels
This article examines the relationship between immigration and union mobilization. It argues that industries, as mediating institutions, crucially shape the extent and meaning of inter-groupExpand
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Ethnic Groups and Knowledge Systems in Agriculture
  • M. J. Wells
  • Sociology
  • Economic Development and Cultural Change
  • 1 July 1991
and limits our explication of the range of farming practices. In this article I develop a social-systemic approach to farmer decision making, with emphasis on background differences within farmerExpand
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mediation, dependency, and the goals of development
Despite the recent interest in intermediary roles and structures as a focus for inquiry into the articulation between societal levels, the impact of mediation on programs of socioeconomic developmentExpand
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When urban policy becomes labor policy: State structures, local initiatives, and union representation at the turn of the century
Dans cet article, l'A conteste les visions negatives de la mondialisation sur l'organisation et le droit du travail par l'affaiblissement du role de l'Etat. A partir d'une etude locale a SanExpand
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Mexican Farm Workers Become Strawberry Farmers
This article analyzes the extent and causes of a substantial increase in the proportion of farmers of Mexican descent in California's central coast strawberry industry. It then locates this case inExpand
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