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Research in Economic Anthropology

ISSN: 0190-1281
Series editor(s): Dr. Donald Wood

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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RISK PERCEPTION AND RESOURCE SECURITY FOR FEMALE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS


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Title:RISK PERCEPTION AND RESOURCE SECURITY FOR FEMALE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS
Author(s):Karen Snyder
Volume:23 Editor(s): Michael Alvard ISBN: 978-0-76231-082-1 eISBN: 978-1-84950-255-9
Citation:Karen Snyder (2004), RISK PERCEPTION AND RESOURCE SECURITY FOR FEMALE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS, in Michael Alvard (ed.) Socioeconomic Aspects of Human Behavioral Ecology (Research in Economic Anthropology, Volume 23), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.271-292
DOI:10.1016/S0190-1281(04)23011-6 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This paper extends the behavioral ecology framework to predict how individuals perceive and evaluate risks. The perceptions of health and safety hazards for females, and how those perceptions relate to resource security and resource acquisition are examined. Poverty and inequality affect the constraints and opportunities available for Hispanic women working in apple packing warehouses in Eastern Washington. Warehouse workers see the health and safety risks inherent in their work and view the hazards from their positions of relative vulnerability with respect to resources. They are active agents who evaluate their situations and work to provide secure resources for themselves and their offspring within the local political and socioeconomic context.

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