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MW Lecture with Prof. Nancy L. Green (EHESS) - A New Look at the Economics of Mobility: The Causes and Costs of Transnationalism

Dates:
  • Wed 17 Apr 2019 17.00 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2019-04-17 17:00 2019-04-17 18:30 Europe/Paris MW Lecture with Prof. Nancy L. Green (EHESS) - A New Look at the Economics of Mobility: The Causes and Costs of Transnationalism

The politics of immigration and the history of (social and political) citizenship are important ways of examining how the state defines the Other. However, beyond the cultural implications of inclusion and exclusion, it is time to take another look at the history of the economics of migration. While the discourse on migration today emphasizes otherness, the economic factors of mobility have been forgotten. Yet the supply and demand of labor have historically underpinned movement, and immigrants have always been a bellwether of the political economy and historically important additions to national economies: industrial workers yesterday (more men), workers in the service and care industries today (more women). A new economics of mobility needs to re-examine (gendered) labor markets while understanding the choices and costs of migration to individuals, families, and states, from the family economy to the cost of credit to the “business” of migration (the intermediaries along the route), the costs of closure to the state (walls are expensive!), and the subcontracting of detention. Finally, the literal costs of citizenship can also be explored in a period in which citizenship is increasingly “for sale.”

Martin Ruhs (RSCAS/MPC) will introduce the Lecture.
Alessandro Bonvini (MW HEC Fellow) will chair the Lecture.

Refectory, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

The politics of immigration and the history of (social and political) citizenship are important ways of examining how the state defines the Other. However, beyond the cultural implications of inclusion and exclusion, it is time to take another look at the history of the economics of migration. While the discourse on migration today emphasizes otherness, the economic factors of mobility have been forgotten. Yet the supply and demand of labor have historically underpinned movement, and immigrants have always been a bellwether of the political economy and historically important additions to national economies: industrial workers yesterday (more men), workers in the service and care industries today (more women). A new economics of mobility needs to re-examine (gendered) labor markets while understanding the choices and costs of migration to individuals, families, and states, from the family economy to the cost of credit to the “business” of migration (the intermediaries along the route), the costs of closure to the state (walls are expensive!), and the subcontracting of detention. Finally, the literal costs of citizenship can also be explored in a period in which citizenship is increasingly “for sale.”

Martin Ruhs (RSCAS/MPC) will introduce the Lecture.
Alessandro Bonvini (MW HEC Fellow) will chair the Lecture.


Location:
Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Francesca Grassini (EUI - Max Weber Programme) - Send a mail

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