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Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of CrisisProducing Immigrants and Workers$
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Tom Vickers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201819

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201819.001.0001

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Imperialism, Migration and Class in the 21st Century

Imperialism, Migration and Class in the 21st Century

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Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis

Tom Vickers

Policy Press

This chapter situates Britain within contemporary capitalism, to lay the foundation for the analysis of migration, welfare and precarity that follows. The chapter begins by arguing that the economic crisis has arisen from fundamental contradictions within capitalism and has far-reaching consequences for society. This is followed by three main sections: the first uses ‘imperialism’ to describe capitalism’s contemporary form, as a distinctive organisation of the global space of capital and labour; the second considers migration, focusing on the role of borders and racism in structuring human mobility within imperialism; the third discusses class, shaped by borders and racism within imperialist Britain.

Keywords:   crisis, imperialism, migration, racism, class, class fractions, labour aristocracy

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