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The global political economy of labour migrations: the relevance of neo-gramscian perspectives in bridging multiple divides

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The recently intensified transfers of migrant labourers from developing societies to the highly industrialized areas, who are predominantly engaged in the so-called âunskilledâ and âunprotectedâ work, have been investigated in vast academic literature as researchers have made efforts to evaluate their extent, delineate their dominant characteristics and assess their contribution to socioeconomic development. Here, this paper will begin by reviewing several efforts to resolve the theoretical impasse that has been created by the two dominantâfunctionalist and structuralistâapproaches to global labour migrations while highlighting their common failure to coherently articulate the dialectic interplay of agency and structure within their theorizations. In this regard it will illustrate how the neo-Gramscian social ontology of historical structures helps to transcend the agential/structural conception of globalizing labour migration by exploring the reciprocal interactions between rapidly intensified flows of migrant workers and the restructuring in the social relations of (re)production, forms of state and configuration of power dynamics among various social forces. Through critically engaging with neo-Gramscian perspectives, this essay endeavours: 1) to establish conceptual framework that allows for the examination of the dialectical relationships between global labour migration and the global political economy; and, 2) to contribute toward debates within IR and IPE theory, more specially, both the illustration of global politics as social relations produced by various actors in multiple spheres and the emergent critical efforts to pursue the possibilities for an emancipatory project and political resistance in thinking and acting beyond neoliberalism.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Onuki, H. (2008). The global political economy of labour migrations: the relevance of neo-gramscian perspectives in bridging multiple divides. ISA''s 49th Annual Convention, Bridging Multiple Divides USA: ISA.

Place Of Publication


  • USA

Abstract


  • The recently intensified transfers of migrant labourers from developing societies to the highly industrialized areas, who are predominantly engaged in the so-called âunskilledâ and âunprotectedâ work, have been investigated in vast academic literature as researchers have made efforts to evaluate their extent, delineate their dominant characteristics and assess their contribution to socioeconomic development. Here, this paper will begin by reviewing several efforts to resolve the theoretical impasse that has been created by the two dominantâfunctionalist and structuralistâapproaches to global labour migrations while highlighting their common failure to coherently articulate the dialectic interplay of agency and structure within their theorizations. In this regard it will illustrate how the neo-Gramscian social ontology of historical structures helps to transcend the agential/structural conception of globalizing labour migration by exploring the reciprocal interactions between rapidly intensified flows of migrant workers and the restructuring in the social relations of (re)production, forms of state and configuration of power dynamics among various social forces. Through critically engaging with neo-Gramscian perspectives, this essay endeavours: 1) to establish conceptual framework that allows for the examination of the dialectical relationships between global labour migration and the global political economy; and, 2) to contribute toward debates within IR and IPE theory, more specially, both the illustration of global politics as social relations produced by various actors in multiple spheres and the emergent critical efforts to pursue the possibilities for an emancipatory project and political resistance in thinking and acting beyond neoliberalism.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Onuki, H. (2008). The global political economy of labour migrations: the relevance of neo-gramscian perspectives in bridging multiple divides. ISA''s 49th Annual Convention, Bridging Multiple Divides USA: ISA.

Place Of Publication


  • USA