By John Berger
Why does the Western global glance to migrant workers to accomplish the main menial initiatives? What compels humans to depart their houses and settle for this humiliating state of affairs? In A 7th Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it's to be a migrant worker—the fabric situations and the interior experience—and, in doing so, demonstrate how the migrant isn't rather a lot at the margins of contemporary lifestyles, yet totally significant to it. First released in 1975, this finely wrought exploration is still as pressing as ever, offering a method of dwelling that pervades the nations of the West and but is excluded from a lot of its tradition.
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90 per cent of the agriculture was entirely unmechanized. Of the industry which eziated 60 per cent produced only food, wine and tobacco. The entire indUJtrialsector contributed only 15 per cent of the GNP (Grou National Product). There were one million unemployed. And about four million in the countryside who could only find work at harvest time. Each year three hundred thousand more workers came on to the labour market. Nearly 70 per cent of the population could neither read nor write. By 1967 there were about a quarter of a million Turkiah migrantl working abroad.
The unproductivity of the land then leads to unemployment or underemployment. For example: an able-bodied man may be forced to spend his whole day grazing two cattle. The social basis of this poverty, however, is disguised. The economic relations which intervene between the land and the peasants - the share-cropping system, the system of land tenure, the money-lending system, the marketing system- come to be seen as part of the barrenness of the land, part of the incontestable truth that you can't make bread from stone.
Another is about how long it takes to walk out of the city. Another is about the buildings into which it is absolutely forbidden to enter. What is not a secret at all are the wages, the things to be bought, the amount that can be saved, the variety of cars, the way women dresa, what there is to eat and drink, the hours worked, the argument& won, the cunning which is needed on all occasions. Be recognizes that they are boasting when they talk. But he accords them the right to boast, for they have returned with money and present& which are proof of their achievement.
A Seventh Man by John Berger