Migration Beyond Capitalism
Migration Beyond Capitalism

Harshly exploited migrant labour plays a fundamental role in the political economy of contemporary capitalism. The abstract and utopian theorizing of many liberals and leftists on the migration question often ignores or downplays patterns of displacement and brutal class dynamics, which divide and weaken working people while empowering the ruling class.

In this important new book, Hannah Cross provides a sober analysis of the class antagonisms of migration in the context of the nation, social democracy and the racialized ordering of the world. Bringing Marxist methodology and strategy to a careful analysis of existing emancipatory movements, she sets out the programmes and approaches that are needed to promote global worker solidarity and create a future in which cheap labour is no longer a mainstay of wealthy economies. This focus on the labouring classes allows her to identify some important new directions for migration in a world beyond capitalism, exploitation and injustice.

<i>Migration Beyond Capitalism</i> will be essential reading for students, scholars and general readers interested in the politics and political economy of migration in a world unhelpfully caught between racist authoritarian capitalism and the wishful thinking of contemporary left-liberalism.

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  • January 2021
  • 198 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Introduction: Migration Politics and the Left
Chapter 2 Socialism, Marxism, and Migration
Chapter 3 Imperialism and Migrant Labour in the Capitalist World Economy
Chapter 4 Borders, Militarism and Inequality
Chapter 5 Wages, Organised Labour and Post-Work Utopianism
Chapter 6 The Production of Class Antagonisms in Capitalism
Chapter 7 Strikes, Internationalism and Solidarity
Chapter 8 Moving Beyond Cheap Labour, National Chauvinism and Class Prejudice in a Socialist Approach to Migration
About the Author
Hannah Cross is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster.
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"Rooting her approach in the classic Marxist tradition, Hannah Cross provides an original critique of, and alternative to, much leftist and liberal thinking on the political economy of migration into core capitalist countries. Essential reading for all progressives."
Ben Selwyn, University of Sussex

"A powerful and original analysis of migration's place in contemporary capitalism. Engaging with an impressive range of leftist debates and authors – both present and past – Cross pushes us to think in new ways about borders, internationalism and class. A much-needed contribution to both Marxism and the literature on migration, and essential reading for those seeking to build a better future."
Adam Hanieh, SOAS, University of London

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