Postville: USA: Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America

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Postville is an obscure meatpacking town in the northeast corner of Iowa. Here, in the most unlikely of places, unparalleled diversity drew international media. Now people declare the town's experiment in multiculturalism dead. It was not native Iowans, or the newly-arrived Orthodox Jews, or the immigrant workers who made Postville fail. Postville was stopped in its tracks by a massive raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 12th 2008. 20% of the population was arrested, forcing the closure of the town's kosher meatpacking plant. The raid exposed the disastrous enforcement of immigration policy, the exploitation of Postville by activists, and disturbing questions about the packing house's operators.

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One of the effects of globalization is to bring vast numbers of diverse peoples to traditionally homogenous small towns almost as easily as urban centers. Postville, Iowa, is such a town, attracting newcomers from 50 nations looking for work. Until 2008, when government immigration enforcement moved in, the town seemed to be a successful, harmonious experiment in social adaptation. Postville's financial and social success stemmed largely from a bond with Agriprocessors, the Kosher meatpacking plant that employed much of the town. The powerful sense of unity common to factory towns overcame differences in the population, even among its white residents. In May, 2008, for the sake of political points, the government made an example of Agriprocessors, arresting every undocumented worker-a full 20 percent of the town's population-and dismantling its business. In the process, it unmade the town. The authors build their case study around interviews with residents, putting together a picture of multiculturalism at work; tellingly, however, the authors (an anthropologist, a public health professor, and a city councilman) avoid the question of immigrant exploitation and corporate greed-indeed, the lack of testimony from undocumented laborers themselves speak volumes.
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Book Description GemmaMedia. Paperback. Condition: New. 209 pages. Postville is an obscure town in the northeast corner of rural Iowa where the nations largest kosher meatpacking plant flourished for more than a decade. As a result, unparalleled ethnic diversity sparked the curiosity of international media. But Postvilles momentum was stopped in its tracks on May 12, 2008, when Agriprocessors was crushed by a massive US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid. More than 20 percent of the towns population was arrested, a battery of criminal charges was levied against the companys management and a disastrous immigration policy was exposed. The meatpackers ensuing bankruptcy contributed to the near economic and social collapse of the town. Today Postville is attempting to survive a near terminal blow. The lessons from Postvilles struggle provide urgently needed insights for small towns all across rural America undergoing rapid ethnic change in the face of new global economics and international migration. This is a book that had to be written, and Mark Grey and his colleagues are the right people perhaps the only people to write it. . Anyone who wants to understand immigration and diversity and needs to understand that they arent necessarily the same thing must read this book. So must those who think this nation can survive without immigrants, and those who think any of this will be easy. Postville USA is both a great yarn and a signpost to the American future. - Richard C. LongworthCaught in the Middle: Americas Heartland in the Age of GlobalismAn important close-up look at how the global economy, US labor policy and a dysfunctional immigration system have buffeted one community, and how residents drew on traditional Midwestern tolerance to accommodate this change. - Jennifer Ludden Winner, Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Excellence in JournalismThis fresh, thoughtful take on Postville shows a town crushed by greed, federal indifference and a badly flawed immigration system, all fueled by Americas demand for cheap food. It is a sobering read. - Sue Fishkoff, The Rebbes Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitchand Kosher Nation, (forthcoming) on kashrut and kosher food production. Mark A. Grey is professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa and founder of the Iowa Center on Immigrant Leadership and Integration. Michele Devlin is professor of public health at the University of Northern Iowa and Director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. Aaron Goldsmith, former City Councilman of Postville, received a rabbinical degree from Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in Kfar Chabad, Israel, and is currently president and owner of Transfer Master Products. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781934848647

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