Around the world, hundreds of millions of labor migrants endure exploitation, lack of basic rights, and institutionalized discrimination and marginalization. What dynamics and drivers have created a world in which such a huge--and rapidly growing--group toils as marginalized men and women, existing as a lower caste institutionally and juridically? In what ways did labor migrants shape their living and working conditions in the past, and what opportunities exist for them today?
Global Labor Migration presents new multidisciplinary, transregional perspectives on issues surrounding global labor migration. The essays go beyond disciplinary boundaries, with sociologists, ethnographers, legal scholars, and historians contributing research that extends comparison among and within world regions. Looking at migrant workers from the late nineteenth century to the present day, the contributors illustrate the need for broader perspectives that study labor migration over longer timeframes and from wider geographic areas. The result is a unique, much-needed collection that delves into one of the world’s most pressing issues, generates scholarly dialogue, and proposes cutting-edge research agendas and methods.
Contributors: Bridget Anderson, Rutvica Andrijasevic, Katie Bales, Jenny Chan, Penelope Ciancanelli, Felipe Barradas Correia Castro Bastos, Eileen Boris, Charlie Fanning, Judy Fudge, Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres, Heidi Gottfried, Julie Greene, Justin Jackson, Radhika Natarajan, Pun Ngai, Bastiaan Nugteren, Nicola Piper, Jessica R. Pliley, Devi Sacchetto, Helen Sampson, Yael Schacher, Joo-Cheong Tham, and Matt Withers
Introduction: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Global Labor Migration Eileen Boris, Heidi Gottfried, Julie Greene, and Joo-Cheong Tham
Part I. Colonial Authority and the Transimperial
1. “Politics of Protection and the Southeast-Asian ‘Coolie Trade’: Chinese Labor Migration and Trans-Imperial Connections in the British Straits Settlements and the Netherlands East Indies, 1870-1914” Bastiaan Nugteren
2. “Militarized Mobility: The U.S. Army and Chinese Exclusion in America’s Empire at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century” Justin F. Jackson
3. “Before the Windrush: Black British Colonial Labor in Cuba and the Dominican Republic” Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres
4. “Ethnicity, Migrant Labor and Anti-Colonialism: Historical Intersections in Mid-Twentieth century East Africa” Felipe Barradas Correia Castro Bastos
Part II. Gender and Sexualities
5. “Sex Trafficking in the Motor City: The Construction of an International Deportation Infrastructure in Detroit, USA, 1924-1944" Jessica R. Pliley
6. “Securitizing Migration: Finance and Household Reproduction” Penelope Ciancanelli
7. “Saving Asian Marriages: Migration, Gender, and the Communal Politics of Welfare in 1970s Britain” Radhika Natarajan
8. “Buy with 1-Click: Independent Contracting and Migrant Workers in China’s Last-Mile Delivery” Jenny Chan
Part III. National and Transnational Regulation
9. “The Wedge of the Refugee as Worker: Litigation over Asylum Seeker Work Authorization in the United States, 1974-2021” Yael Schacherp> 10. “Rethinking ‘Unfree’ Labor: The Immigration Industrial Complex” Katie Bales
11. “Transnational Corporations and the Making of Global Labour Markets: The Case of Foxconn in China and Europe” Rutvica Andrijasevic, Pun Ngai, and Devi Sacchetto
12. “‘Beyond Borders’: The Regulation of the Living and Working Conditions of International Seafarers” Helen Sampson
Part IV. Global Governance
13. “Moving Workers: International Labour Organization Standards and the Regulation of Migration” Eileen Boris
14. “From the ILO to Intergovernmentalism: “Surplus Population,” Discrimination, and the Genealogy of Global Migration Management” Charlie Fanning
15. “Governing Global Labor Migration: Compacts and Contradictions” Judy Fudge
16. “Decent Wages for Decent Work in Asia: Addressing the Temporality-Precarity Nexus in South-South Migration” Matt Withers and Nicola Piper
Afterword: “Labor, Race and Temporality” Bridget Anderson
Eileen Boris, Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Virginia and coordinating editor of IRIS: A Journal of Women, is the author of Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America, and Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States. She also has published numerous articles, essays and reviews in American Quarterly, Signs, Journal of American History, Women's Review of Books, and The Nation.
Nupur Chaudhuri , who teaches at Texas Southern University, is the coeditor of Westerm Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance, and coeditor of a special issue on "Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality: National and Global Perspectives" for the National Women's Studies Journal. She has written extensively on gender and imperialism and her articles have appeared in the Journal of Women's History, Women's History Review, and Victorian Studies.
Rutvica Andrijasevic, based at the University of Bristol, is an activist scholar with research interests in international labor migration and business.
Julie Yujie Chen is assistant professor in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Melissa Gregg leads user experience and sustainability in the Client Computing Group at Intel.
Marc Steinberg is associate professor of film studies at Concordia University.
“This volume does exactly what the title promises: it puts labor and labor relations worldwide in the center and reveals the way employers, state, empires and supranational institutions shape migration patterns, then and now. The editors succeed in putting together a highly interesting collection of essays that talk to each other and open new venues, approaches and perspectives, while finding striking similarities between the continents. But this book also shows how migrants--despite ongoing exploitation and exclusion--find their own loopholes and chase their dreams. A must read for those interested in how the past structures current day trends, discussions, and daily practices from Beijing to Detroit.”--Leo Lucassen, Director of the International Institute of Social History