Dominican Sugar Plantations: Production and Foreign Labor Integration

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Focusing on the organization of production and labor use in the Caribbean's second largest sugar industry, this work depicts the reality of the Dominican sugar economy of the 1980s. It describes the progressive replacement of national labor by foreign workers. Comparing the three distinct sugar corporations, it concludes that all three exploited foreign labor. Refuting modern slavery charges through social science theory and extensive field research, this study suggests these charges resulted from superficial analyses of symbols. In depth analyses display one of the 20th century's most extensive forms of super exploitation.

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