By John Berger
Why does the Western global glance to migrant employees to accomplish the main menial projects? What compels humans to depart their houses and settle for this humiliating scenario? In A 7th Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it really is to be a migrant worker—the fabric situations and the interior experience—and, in doing so, show how the migrant isn't really quite a bit at the margins of contemporary existence, yet totally principal to it. First released in 1975, this finely wrought exploration continues to be as pressing as ever, offering a method of dwelling that pervades the international locations of the West and but is excluded from a lot of its tradition.
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But she hates the 'abroad' where he is going. And when it comes to his walking out of the house, she remembers how he was bom. In the same room upstairs where she, her husband and her daughter still sleep. There were two women neighboun attending her, no doctor. The baby was a boy and his name had already been chosen. They gave him ~ her, and when she put him to her breast, he stopped crying. Now it is the moment of his departure. The two moments come together. She puts her two hands to either Bide of her head, rocking slightly on her feet - he is already shouting to the horse between the shafts of the cart - and it is as if, covering her head with her hands, she is holding in each ear the sounds of the twenty-flve years which separate the two moments.
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. Today (1974) there are more than three times that number. The bus is in the suburbs of the capital of his country. ings constructed from spare bricks, scrapwood and discarded corrugated iron.
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A Seventh Man by John Berger