This edited collection focuses on global migration in its inter-regional, international and transnational variants, and argues that contemporary migration scholarship is significantly advanced both within anthropology and beyond it when ethnography is theoretically engaged to grapple with the social consequences and asymmetries of twenty-first century capitalism’s global modalities. Drawn from settings across the globe, case studies explore the nuanced formations of class and power within particular migration flows while addressing the complex analytics of a contemporary critical political economy of migration. Subjects include global migrants as capitalists, entrepreneurs and "cosmopolitans," as well as workers and immigrants who are subject to varying degrees of precariousness under intensified competition for profits within contemporary global economies. By re-addressing the question of the relationship between changes in global capitalism and migration, the book aims for a timely intervention into the debates on migration which have come to be one of the most contentious emotionally fraught issues in North America and Europe.
1. Migration, Political Economy and Ethnography Pauline Gardiner Barber and Winnie Lem Part I: Perspectives 2. Panoptics of Political Economy: Anthropology and Migration Winnie Lem 3. Migration and Development Without Methodological Nationalism: Towards Global Perspectives on Migration Nina Glick Schiller 4. Theorizing Transnational Movement in the Current Conjuncture: Examples from/of/in the Asia Pacific Donald M. Nonini Part II: Cases 5. With Crossings In My Mind: Trinidad's Multiple Migration Flows, Policy and Agency Belinda Leach 6. Selecting, Competing, and Performing as ‘Ideal Migrants’: Mexican and Jamaican Farmworkers in Canada Janet McLaughlin 7. In Search of Hope: Mobility and Citizenships on the Canadian Frontier Lindsay Bell 8. Constructing a "Perfect" Wall: Race, Class, and Citizenship in U.S.–Mexico Border Policing Josiah McC. Heyman 9. The Aftermath of a Rape Case: The Politics of Migrants´ Unequal Incorporation in Neo-Liberal Times Bela Feldman-Bianco 10. Gender, Migration and Rural-Urban Relations in Postsocialist China Yan Hairong 11. "Value Plus Plus": Housewifization and History in Philippine Care Migration Pauline Gardiner Barber and Catherine Bryan 12. Migration, Political Economy and Beyond Pauline Gardiner Barber and Winnie Lem