Agricultural Managers and Hispanic Agricultural Workers: The Impact of Cultural Differences

By Rosa Vozzo, Dwight Hare and Sue Minchew.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Recently, Hispanic farm workers have been settling in small towns in the state of Mississippi, steadily displacing the traditional African American workers and following a trend already reported for all the southeast of the United States. Upon their graduation, students from agricultural related professions at Mississippi State University, a land grant university, find themselves having to manage a “new type” of workforce without appropriated knowledge of the language and culture of these workers.This study sought to discover cultural differences that could affect communication between agricultural managers and the Hispanic workforce in the state of Mississippi. Open interviews were conducted with agriculture majoring students at Mississippi State University, agriculture Hispanic workers, community leaders, crew leaders, and farmers. Interviews revealed Americans assume that everybody is literate in his or her own language, and that Spanish is the only language among Mexicans and Central Americans. American interviewees also had difficulty recognizing hierarchy among workers, and different connotation in alcohol consumption. In addition, they did not understand that in the Hispanic culture respect is more personal than in the USA.

Keywords: Agricultural Enterprises, Hispanic Workers, Attitude, Stereotypes, Culture

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.439-448. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 543.932KB).

Dr. Rosa Vozzo

Foreign Language Instructor, Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

Rosa Vozzo was born in The Dominican Republic and studied in Brazil and United States. She received her PhD in Education from Mississippi State University. She is an Instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Dwight Hare

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

Dwight Hare received his PhD in Education from the University of North Carolina. He is a professor in Educational Foundations in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Sue Minchew

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Education, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

Sue Minchew received her PhD in Education from Mississippi State University. She is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and is Associated Dean of the College of Education at Mississippi State University.

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