A Seventh Man by John Berger

By John Berger

Why does the Western global glance to migrant workers to accomplish the main menial initiatives? What compels humans to go away their houses and settle for this humiliating scenario? In A 7th Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it's to be a migrant worker—the fabric conditions and the interior experience—and, in doing so, display how the migrant isn't lots at the margins of contemporary lifestyles, yet totally relevant to it. First released in 1975, this finely wrought exploration is still as pressing as ever, providing a method of residing that pervades the nations of the West and but is excluded from a lot of its tradition.

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Peasants everywhere know this. Rural poverty means that there is nothing to bribe with. It is not a question of working harder. The further working of the land is withdrawn as a possibility. 28 According to the capitalist ethic, poverty is a state from which an individual or a society is delivered by enterprise. Enterprise is judged by the criterion of Productivity as a value in itself. Hence underdevelopment as a condition of locked, inescapable poverty is inconceivable to capitalism. Yet capitalism holds nearly half the world in that condition.

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Also hastily at one another, each trying to compare his chances with those around him. Nothing has prepared him for this situation. It is unprecedented. And yet it is already normal. The humiliating demand to be naked before strangers. The incomprehensible language spoken by the officials in command. The meaning of the tests. The numerals written on their bodies with felt pens. The rigid geometry of the room. The women in overalls like men. The smell of an unknown liquid medicine. The silence of so many like himself.

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