Heyman's rich ethnography captures the historical continuity of the border working class. . . . A convincing and provocative work.
Employing the finely grained modes of anthropoligcal inquiry, Heyman follows people on their paths into working class employment, and depicts for us the ways in which successive generations of families and friends responded to its changing options and constraints. His book constitutes a major achievement in both concepts and methods, and opens up new ways of comprehending the world we have made.
—Eric Wolf, author of Sons of the Shaking Earth and Europe and the People Without History