This volume moves beyond a perspective of migrants’ exclusion and inclusion as solely a product of migration processes. It contextualizes migration in the larger transformations of the local, national and transnational labour markets and relations that point to the ongoing precarization of working lives.
These processes of inclusion are methodologically approached through exclusion at macro, micro and meso levels. This positions the ethnographically documented experiences of immigrant labourers in the challenges of contemporary labour and migratory regimes, and traces new forms of collective response and contestation emerging in these reconfiguring contexts.
Section I. Changes in Employment and Migration to the EU
1. Changes in Employment: The Role of the State and its Reconfiguration in the Liberalization of Employment Policies
2. The Political Economy of an Ongoing Crisis: How Institutional Evolution is Shaping Employment and Migration in Europe
3. Migration Policies and Their Threats: Going Beyond Polarization of the EU vs. Non-EU Migration Policies and its Exceptions
Section II. Spectrum of Migrants’ Inclusion and Exclusion
1. ‘Hidden Injuries’ of Migration: Polish Workers in the UK
2. Non-EU Migrant Workers in For-profit Elderly Care Facilities in London: Capital’s Use of Multiple Borders for the Extension of its Own Frontiers
3. Female Migrants’ Agency: Work Trajectories of Polish Women in the UK
4. ‘Once you see that it can be otherwise, then you expect something else’: The Labour Experience of Polish Migrant Returnees From the UK
Section III. Collective Perspectives on Inclusion and Exclusion
1. Trade Unions’ Responses at the Intersection of Class and Migration
2. The Social Articulation of the Crisis and Political Mobilisation in Spain: Some Reflections on the Shortcomings of the New Social Movements.
3. Obstacles Before Struggles: Freedom of Movement and the Conditioning of Collective Response
4. Precariousness in Unlikely Places: The Role of High-skilled Migrant Worker Networks in Resisting and Reproducing Precarity
Round Table Debate: Is Collective Response from a Mobile Workforce Possible? In Search of New Analytical Paradigms
Paul Stewart is a Professor of Sociology of Work and Employment at the Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is also a Coordinator of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘ChangingEmployment.’