Any consideration of global migration in relation to work and citizenship must necessarily be situated in the context of the Great Recession. A whole historical chapter – that of neoliberalism – has now closed and the future can only be deemed uncertain. Migrant workers were key players during this phase of the global system, supplying cheap and flexible labour inputs when required in the rich countries. Now, with the further sustainability of the neoliberal political and economic world order in question, what will be the role of migration in terms of work patterns and what modalities of political citizenship will develop? While informalization of the relations of production and the precarization of work were once assumed to be the exception, that is no longer the case.
As for citizenship this book posits a parallel development of precarious citizenship for migrants, made increasingly vulnerable by the global economic crisis. But we are also in an era of profound social transformation, in the context of which social counter-movements emerge, which may halt the disembedding of the market from social control and its corrosive impact.
This book was published as a special issue of Globalizations.
1. Intro: Migration, Work and Citizenship in the New World Order Ronaldo Munck, Carl Ulrik Schierup and Raúl Delgado Wise 2. Demographic Colonialism: EU–Africa Migration Management and the Legacy of Eurafrica Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson 3. EU Enlargement, Migration and Assymetric Citizenship: Political Economy of Inequality and the Demise of the European Social Model? Branka Likic-Brboric 4. The Dark Side of Globalized Migration: The Rise and Peak of Criminal Networks — The Case of Central Americans in Mexico Rodolfo Casillas 5. Migration, Crisis and the Global Labour Market Stephen Castles 6. Caught in the Work–Citizenship Matrix: The Lasting Effects of Precarious Legal Status on Work for Toronto Immigrants Luin Goldring and Patricia Landolt 7. Social Movements of Irregular Migrants, Recognition and Citizenship Milena Chimenti and John Solomos 8. Immigrant Workers, Precarious Work and the US Labor Movement Ruth Milkman
This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.