Introduction to the symposium: Bienestar—the well-being of Latinx farmworkers in a time of change

  • Lisa MeierottoEmail author
  • Teresa Mares
  • Seth M. Holmes
Symposium/Special Issue


This symposium explores the well-being of Latinx farmworkers living and laboring in the United States. Our primary aim is to take a deeper look at the lived experiences of farmworkers. In the introduction, we explore the various ways in which well-being is framed in diverse academic disciplines, and how the concept of well-being has been employed in previous research on Latinx farmworkers. We argue that ethnographic methods have potential to represent farmworker experiences in a more nuanced manner than many other social science approaches. We advocate further research and action in terms of farmworker safety, health (including mental health and access to care), food security and food provisioning, rural isolation and access to housing, poverty and job security. Finally, we argue that farmworkers should be considered active and important actors in the context of global environmental change. Ultimately, the well-being of farmworkers is co-dependent on global environmental health and sustainability.


Latinx Farmworkers Well-being Sustainability 



The authors would like to thank Christopher Torres at Boise State University for research assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public ServiceBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Society and Environment (UC Berkeley), Joint Program in Medical Anthropology (UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco)Alameda County Medical CenterBerkeleyUSA

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