Global Cities at Work: New Migrant Divisions of Labour

Global Cities at Work: New Migrant Divisions of Labour

by Jane Wills, Kavita Datta, Jara Evans, Joanna Herbert
     
 

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This book is about the people who always get taken for granted. The people who clean our offices and trains, care for our elders and change the sheets on the bed. Global Cities at Work draws on testimony collected from more than 800 foreign-born workers employed in low-paid jobs in London during the first decade of the 21st century.

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This book is about the people who always get taken for granted. The people who clean our offices and trains, care for our elders and change the sheets on the bed. Global Cities at Work draws on testimony collected from more than 800 foreign-born workers employed in low-paid jobs in London during the first decade of the 21st century.

The authors break new ground in London's new migrant division of labour to the twin processes of subcontracting and increased international migration. The book calls us to prioritise the issue of working poverty and examines its implications for both unemployment and community cohesion.

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"For centuries, London has been a city of migrants. Global Cities at Work shows, however, that new and distinctive 'migrant divisions of labor' are being forged in the context of today's contracted-out capitalism. The voices of migrant workers—so often silenced in mainstream discussions of the global city—really come alive in these pages. Meticulously researched and powerfully argued, the book exposes the hidden hands that make global cities work, while staking a claim to a more just future." —Jamie Peck, Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia

"This research is a rare but critical window into the scale, nature and contradictions of contemporary immigration into the UK. While foreign financiers and footballers have made London a ‘world city’, this book casts light on much larger migrant workforce that keeps the city functioning. A migration study based on real evidence makes this a welcome and essential read for anyone interested in going beyond simplistic headlines." —Danny Sriskandarajah, former Head of Migration at the Institute for Public Policy Research

"This is a very timely book. The description of migration-based divisions in the labour market should be of concern to all policy makers and politicians currently involved in planning a way out of deep recession. After reading this analysis, the task of winning stronger rights for migrant workers to overcome marginalisation and exploitation seems ever more urgent." —Don Flynn, Director of the Migrants Rights Network

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745327983
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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