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

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Copyright © 2012 by Princeton University Press

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An earlier version of Chapter 4 was published as “Good Clean Tobacco:
Philip Morris, Biocapitalism, and the Social Course of Stigma in North Carolina.”
American Ethnologist 35 (3): 357–79 and is reprinted with permission.

An earlier version of Chapter 5 was published as “El Campo: Faciality and Structural
Violence in Farm Labor Camps.” Cultural Anthropology 23 (4): 589–629 and
is reprinted with permission.

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Benson, Peter, 1979-
Tobacco capitalism : growers, migrant workers, and the changing face of a
global industry/Peter Benson; foreword by Allan M. Brandt.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-14919-6 (alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 0-691-14919-4 (alk. paper)
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-14920-2 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 0-691-14920-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Tobacco workers—North Carolina-
Social conditions. 2. Migrant agricultural laborers—North Carolina—Social conditions.
3. Tobacco farmers—North Carolina—Social conditions. 4. Tobacco industry—
Social aspects—North Carolina. 5. Antismoking movement—Social aspects—
North Carolina. I. Title.
HD8039.T62U625 2012
331.7‴6337109756—dc23

2011017665

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Printed on acid-free paper. ∞

Printed in the United States of America

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I- The Tobacco Industry, Public Health, and Agrarian Change 35
  • Chapter 1- Most Admired Company 37
  • Chapter 2- The Jungle 63
  • Chapter 3- Enemies of Tobacco 96
  • Part II- Innocence and Blame in American Society 133
  • Chapter 4- Good, Clean Tobacco 135
  • Chapter 5- El Campo 166
  • Chapter 6- Sorriness 210
  • Conclusion Reflections on the Tobacco Industry (and American Exceptionalism) 258
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 307
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