Anthropology in Action: The Alternative Archive: Using Ethnography to Challenge the Official Tally of Heat Fatalities among California’s Farmworkers


HSS B10 Anthropology Department

Sarah Horton, University of Colorado–Denver, will present the lecture, "The Alternative Archive: Using Ethnography to Challenge the Official Tally of Heat Fatalities among California’s Farmworkers." This talk draws on ethnographic research on heat deaths to challenge the official tally of heat deaths in California, and to illuminate the logic underlying state accounting practices. By placing farmworkers’ accounts of heat fatalities in dialogue with the state’s official records, Horton will illustrate the bureaucratic and biomedical processes of routinization that makes such deaths disappear.