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Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration Paperback – October 19, 2006
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"Longtime labor organizer and talented photojournalist Bacon presents this loving tribute to Latin American labor migrants to the United States, in their own words. These migrants, Bacon effectively reminds readers, are individuals struggling to survive and support families and communities, not mere stats, legal problems, or political controversies. Highly recommended."―Choice, October 2007
"Communities without Borders is a beautiful and powerful, but disturbing book. The two forwards, written by Carlos Muñoz Jr. and Douglas Harper, focused, respectively, on the book's text and photographs, nicely frame Bacon's twin achievements resulting from the more than three years of fieldwork he began in 2000. He has poignantly captured through prose and image the stark beauty, fierce determination, and pride of U.S./Mexico/Guatemala transnational communities and the ravages of exploitation wrought upon them."―W. Warner Wood, Anthropology of Work Review
"David Bacon is a nonfiction Steinbeck, the foremost documentarist of the great human drama of the borderlands."―Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums
"Communities without Borders provides powerful images and stories of the immigrant experience in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States. This is a timely work that contributes to our understanding of the impact of globalization, the human dimension of migration, and the poignant struggles of working people. It is an important book for labor and community leaders, for scholars and students, and for all who care about social justice."―Kent Wong, UCLA
"David Bacon demonstrates remarkable breadth, insight, and creativity through his diverse documentary photography, oral history, and writing. The story he tells of migration communities―and the stories he lets those communities tell through their own eloquent words, on their own terms―is one of universal importance grounded in the specifics of a range of experiences. This book stands as a model for careful and responsible documentary work and provides much-needed depth and nuance to one of the central issues of our time."―Tom Rankin, Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
About the Author
David Bacon is a photojournalist based in Berkeley, California. He is the author of The Children of NAFTA. Carlos Muñoz Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Chicano Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Douglas Harper, founding editor of the journal Visual Sociology, has published several visual ethnographies, most recently Changing Works: VIsions of a Lost Agriculture.