By John Berger
Why does the Western international glance to migrant employees to accomplish the main menial projects? What compels humans to depart their houses and settle for this humiliating scenario? In A 7th Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it really is to be a migrant worker—the fabric situations and the internal experience—and, in doing so, show how the migrant isn't quite a bit at the margins of contemporary lifestyles, yet totally primary to it. First released in 1975, this finely wrought exploration continues to be as pressing as ever, proposing a style of dwelling that pervades the international locations of the West and but is excluded from a lot of its tradition.
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The city is larger than he imagined, with more people. He is conscious of the will which is required to pass through it. Nearly everyone speaks the same language as he does, uses the same words; yet there are already unfamiliar things: kinds of fish such as he has never before seen on sale in the market: extravagant tableware in a shop window: cakes and sweetmeats in strange forms. Increasingly what he encounters will be unfamiliar. He sees many others like himself, who have come this far and then stopped.
Then they get into a labour train and travel for three days. When they arrive they are met by representatives of the German firm and taken to their lodgings and the factory. •" : 52 53 54 He strips and lines up with many hundreds of other novice migrants. They glance hastily (to stare would be to show their astonishment) at the implements and machines being used to examine them. Also hastily at one another, each trying to compare his chances with those around him. Nothing has prepared him for this situation.
Another is about how long it takes to walk out of the city. Another is about the buildings into which it is absolutely forbidden to enter. What is not a secret at all are the wages, the things to be bought, the amount that can be saved, the variety of cars, the way women dresa, what there is to eat and drink, the hours worked, the argument& won, the cunning which is needed on all occasions. Be recognizes that they are boasting when they talk. But he accords them the right to boast, for they have returned with money and present& which are proof of their achievement.
A Seventh Man by John Berger