Call for papers for panel at IUAES2022 -- Nationalism’s role in containing migration: Constraining labour mobility whilst encouraging the mobility of capital and commodities


Please consider submitting an abstract for a paper in this panel and/or pass this call on to any others who might be able and willing to contribute a paper to the panel. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 31 January. IUAES2022 will be in a hybrid format.


Panel Title: Nationalism’s role in containing migration: Constraining labour mobility whilst encouraging the mobility of capital and commodities

Panel format: hybrid

Abstract: The late twentieth and early twenty first centuries have seen increasingly tight constriction of global north countries' national borders particularly in relation to working people from the global south who want to migrate to the global north. Descriptions of the EU as Fortress Europe and characterisations of the contemporary world s political economic institutions as global apartheid, reflect that discriminatory process. So do reports about the USA/Mexico Poland/Belarus and Bosnia/Croatia borders, amongst many others e.g. Australia's offshore immigration-detention facilities. Those most affected by the process are working people in global south countries who seek what is described as a better life through migration to the global north where they hope to join the working class or, in the case of global south professionals, the global north's salariat and its consultancy professionals. The effect on especially working people has been that they are consigned to an easily exploited working-class population used to extract raw materials and to produce commodities in the global south. These then flow almost unhindered to global north markets where they are beneficiated and marketed as inexpensive goods, and thereby generate duty and tax revenues for global north national treasuries. Similarly unhindered are bi-directional flows of capital, with flows from global north to south exploiting captive cheap labour power in the latter, and flows from global south to north comprising returns on global south investments' capital withdrawals when profitability levels fall, and expatriation of capital by often corrupt local elites The panel seeks to assemble papers written by a range of social scientists, including historians, economists, sociologists and anthropologists. Papers should focus on any one or combinations of the following: the underlying political economic reasons for the process described above; the history of how that process has unfolded; the impact the process has had on economic (including productive distributive and consumer) activities in various parts of the world; the narratives of people in the global south, the global north and in buffer zones where migrants from the former are trapped whilst attempting to reach the latter about their experiences of that process; its effects and impacts and, particularly salient, the roles that nationalism and/or essentialism play in reinforcing the process. The goal is to enable a discussion about the relation between all these factors and hopefully to publish an edited collection that will contribute to the anthropological literature.

Convenors: Andrew ‘Mugsy’ Spiegel and Ćarna Brkovic


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