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A toxic embrace: migration, labour, and the Rainbow nation’s neoliberal pact
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (REMESO)
2015 (English)In: Migration, precarity, and global governance: challenges and opportunities for labour / [ed] Schierup, Carl-Ulrik; Munck, Ronaldo; Likić-Brborić; Neergaard, Anders, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 1, 197-222 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

South African apartheid stands out in the academic literature as a generic case of the discriminatory political economy of migration in modern capitalism. In this chapter Carl-Ulrik Schierup brings into focus recent developments in post-apartheid South Africa, which is fractured by outbreaks of xenophobia and upset by police violence against striking workers. It is a historical moment presenting labour unions and other movements of civil society with imminent challenges. It signifies a current crisis of South Africa’s celebrated ‘community’ or ‘social movement’ unionism in the context of globalisation, corporate restructuring, a vast and exacerbated social inequality, the informalisation of labour, and a re-racialising regional migration system. It posits that a third way back to the future for trade unions, between politics of irregular migration and a new ‘global apartheid’ of ‘managed migration’, may be through retrieving their own past rootedness in workplaces and local communities, and in organising internal and cross border migrants.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 1. 197-222 p.
Keyword [en]
South Africa, informal labour, unfree labour, international migration, racism, apartheid, unfree labour, irregular migration, inequality, poverty, regionalism, Apartheid, colonialism, neoliberalism
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Work Sciences International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Economic History Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114105ISBN: 9780198728863OAI: diva2:786986
REMESO FORTE Centre of Excellence
Available from: 2015-02-08 Created: 2015-02-08 Last updated: 2015-05-07Bibliographically approved

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