Migrant Workers in Ontario's Tobacco Belt: An Examination of Workplace Dynamics

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Recent critiques by scholars conducting research on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and labour geographers assert that there has been a lack of emphasis in the academic literature on the relevance of the formal workplace for developing an understanding of the social relations between capital and labour. In this article, I address these critiques through an empirical examination of workplace dynamics on two small-scale tobacco farms in Delhi, Ontario, Canada. My analysis draws upon original empirical evidence from interviews with three Mexican and nine Jamaican workers, two union representatives, and two farm owners. I argue that the farm is not simply a site for producing tobacco with economic efficiency, but an arena of struggle in which workers confront their employers, and a place of critical contests in the politics of production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-67
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Geography(United Kingdom)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Explotaciones de Tabaco
  • Geografía del Trabajo
  • Labour Geography
  • Labour Process
  • Migrant Workers
  • Proceso de Trabajo
  • Programa de Trabajadores Agrícolas Temporeros
  • Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program
  • Tobacco Farming
  • Trabajadores Migrantes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Philosophy


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