By John Berger
Why does the Western international 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 truly is to be a migrant worker—the fabric conditions and the interior experience—and, in doing so, demonstrate how the migrant isn't quite a bit at the margins of contemporary lifestyles, yet totally relevant to it. First released in 1975, this finely wrought exploration is still as pressing as ever, proposing a method of residing that pervades the international locations of the West and but is excluded from a lot of its tradition.
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In the air a kind of residual cloud of sound, made up of words explaining and recounting journeys. There are families on the move from village to town or village to village. ng home. There are other migrants. There are soldiers. He sits beside his suitcase and packages, which are tied tightly with string, knotted in many places. The packages contain what would not fit into the case, after-thoughts and last-minute presents. Inside them each solid object -cheese or razor -is carefully folded in cloth.
And so, if the forces which determine the migrant's We are to be grasped and realized as part of his personal destiny, a less abstract formulation is needed. Metaphor is needed. Metaphor is temporary. It does not replace theory. 45 The migrant takes with him his own resolution, the food prepared in his home, which be will eat during the next two or three days, his own pride, the photographs in his pocket, his packages, his suitcase. Yet his migration is like an event in a dream dreamt by another.
A Seventh Man by John Berger