This chapter introduces the aim of the book: to consider the role of borders and border struggles in structuring global capitalism and producing categories of labour, focusing on changes following the global capitalist crisis that has been widely acknowledged since 2007. The book’s central arguments are introduced: that the proliferation of borders and austerity are part of the same process, in which the British state is reorganising itself to manage exploitation more effectively. Consequently, workers have connected interested in uniting to resist. Marxism is presented as a useful tool to understand how inequalities and relationships of exploitation between and within countries are inextricably connected, to explain both the rise of exclusionary policies and ideologies and the necessity for internationalist solidarity. Marxist theorisation within social movements is connected to contemporary discussions about ‘public sociology’.
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