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The everyday life of migrant workers in neo-liberal global governance

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • This paper attempts to contribute for an effort to make work visible in International Relations by drawing attention toward the everyday life of transnational migrant workers. The recently intensified transfers of migrant labourers from developing societies to the highly industrialized areas, who are predominantly engaged in the so-called “unskilled” and “unprotected” work, have been investigated in vast academic literature. However, what is not precisely elucidated here is the political agency and subject formations among migrant workers through their “lived experience” of the restructuring of global governance. With this in mind, this paper explores 1) how far and in what ways are global labour migrations implicated in as well as resisting the current restructuring of global political economy; 2) how have migrant labourers experienced the implications of such structural transformations?; and, 3) how is it possible to recognize the viable political agency among migrant workers emancipatory project and political resistance to think and act beyond the globalization of neo-liberalism? By addressing these questions, its primary objectives are to investigate the concrete, contingent and situated social practices of global labour migration ad to unpack the linkages between migrant workers’ lived space of everyday struggles and the “disciplinary neo-liberal” transformation of global governance.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Onuki, H. (2011). The everyday life of migrant workers in neo-liberal global governance. International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition" Quebec, Canada: ISA.

Place Of Publication


  • Quebec, Canada

Abstract


  • This paper attempts to contribute for an effort to make work visible in International Relations by drawing attention toward the everyday life of transnational migrant workers. The recently intensified transfers of migrant labourers from developing societies to the highly industrialized areas, who are predominantly engaged in the so-called “unskilled” and “unprotected” work, have been investigated in vast academic literature. However, what is not precisely elucidated here is the political agency and subject formations among migrant workers through their “lived experience” of the restructuring of global governance. With this in mind, this paper explores 1) how far and in what ways are global labour migrations implicated in as well as resisting the current restructuring of global political economy; 2) how have migrant labourers experienced the implications of such structural transformations?; and, 3) how is it possible to recognize the viable political agency among migrant workers emancipatory project and political resistance to think and act beyond the globalization of neo-liberalism? By addressing these questions, its primary objectives are to investigate the concrete, contingent and situated social practices of global labour migration ad to unpack the linkages between migrant workers’ lived space of everyday struggles and the “disciplinary neo-liberal” transformation of global governance.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Onuki, H. (2011). The everyday life of migrant workers in neo-liberal global governance. International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition" Quebec, Canada: ISA.

Place Of Publication


  • Quebec, Canada