A Seventh Man
A book of images and work about the experience of migrant workers in Europe
Publisher: Penguin, Middlesex, England
Year Published: 1975
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX6556
Images, poetry, quotes and short written pieces that portray the experiences of male migrant workers in Europe.
Abstract: A Seventh Man combines images, poetry, quotes and short written pieces to portray the experiences of male migrant workers in Europe. According to the authors, "the subject is European, its meaning is global". The book highlights the fact that Western Europe has become so dependant on migrant workers that, even during times of economic crisis, the economic system cannot exist without migrant labour. The book is divided into three parts: "Departure," "Work," and "Return," each part depicting one phase of the migrant worker's journey. Multiple aspects of these workers' lives and thoughts are traced over the course of the book -- the way they do or do not think politically, the influence of religion, the emotional struggle they go through, their desire to go home versus their desire for a "better" life and the ways in which they are exploited. Photographs are the dominant medium of communication in A Seventh Man and, at the end of the book, there is a list of organizations which have been "created out of the life and struggle of immigrant workers".
[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary]