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Tobacco Capitalism:
Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry
Peter Benson

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"An astonishing ethnography of tobacco farming, from history to lived experience. A remarkable achievement!"--Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University

"Benson has a fine ethnographic eye and a keen sense of theoretical nuance, allowing him to capture the struggles of North Carolina tobacco farmers as never before. Tobacco Capitalism is a wonderful chronicle of racialized rhetoric, migrant pride, Big Tobacco malevolence, and the sorry state of farming in new millennium America--a must-read text."--Robert N. Proctor, Stanford University

"This important book deploys cutting-edge theory in anthropology and cultural studies to examine the vastly understudied subject of tobacco farming. Through close readings of historical shifts in the farm economy and tobacco policy, Benson deftly explores the ways in which the tobacco industry has encouraged growers to attribute their economic distress to antismoking advocates rather than to agricultural restructuring, global competition, and corporate practices."--Kathryn Dudley, Yale University

"This thoughtful, original, and interesting book is at once a history of the smoke screens of the tobacco industry, and a story about a community of growers struggling to maintain their dignity at a time when tobacco is overwhelmingly condemned. With an even and balanced voice, Benson fills a glaring void in the literature on this subject."--Mimi Nichter, University of Arizona

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