|About the Book|
Unfree Labour? poses the provocative question: Is unfree labour only a historical phenomenon, or does it accurately capture the conditions and experiences of many migrant and immigrant workers in Canada today? The contributors to this volume use the term unfree labour deliberately, arguing that precisely because of its historical connotations and usages, the term provides a conceptual linkage between past and contemporary experiences, and helps to illuminate the use of economic and extra-economic coercion within the modern global capitalist economy. Bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines with activists and organizers who work with migrant and immigrant workers across Canada, this unique collection foregrounds contemporary organizing strategies and models for labour and migration justice, alongside an in-depth examination of racialized neoliberal migration. Unfree Labour? considers how labour migration and temporary foreign worker programs function within the global context of the transformation of work and capitalist restructuring. This volume also discusses the wide range of initiatives undertaken by migrant and immigrant workers organizing for justice and dignity in Canada and finds that these struggles have not only had significant political, social and economic impacts but also offer important insights for the rethinking and rebuilding of a working-class movement in the twenty-first century. Unfree Labour? will be of vital interest to students, academics and organizers alike, bridging scholarly research with activism for social change.